Amanda Winskill with the Olympic Torch
Photo By: Monthly World Table Tennis
2012 Olympic Games
Manchester’s Amanda Winskill is the Good Samaratian. A table tennis player of note in English circles, having represented the county of Lancashire on numerous occasions and being a familiar face in the Women’s British League, she is one of the many volunteers on duty at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
However, Amanda Winskill is not just any volunteer; she is a very special volunteer and through her caring actions, she stands out from the crowd.
She was awarded the “Mayor’s Golden Ticket”, for a selfless act and concern for a fellow human being; the outgoing and charming lady from Manchester, enjoyed lunch in the Athletes Dining Room on Monday 6th August in recognition of her efforts.
A Gamesmaker being involved in Sport Information, administering results, statistics and helping in the Athletes Village; Amanda Winskill was travelling to assume her morning duties recently.
Travelling on Underground
It was 6.30am and she was a passenger on an underground train, en route to her assigned destination; the train was full, standing room only and one lady who was holding on to the pole in the centre of the train, fainted.
Amanda Winskill rushed to help as the lady fell into the arms of a male volunteer who was heading for the velodrome.
“My first reaction was to pull the communication cord”, smiled Amanda Winskill. “I thought we should stop the train but a lady near me told me not to do that; later I found she worked for the London Underground!”
Thankfully Amanda Winskill did not set off the alarm; she might have brought the London Underground to a standstill!
Finally, they reached Leyton Station, throughout Amanda Winskill nursed the distressed lady, giving her a granary bar as the lady in question gradually regained consciousness.
Frantic calls were made to the relevant team managers explaining that she would be late to work; a car was summoned but then went to the wrong gate.
Problems over accreditation to certain areas caused greater difficulties but eventually it was all’s well that ends well.
The lady in question recovered and nominated Amanda Winskill for the “Mayor’s Golden Ticket.”
A fine gesture and well deserved; Amanda Winskill who works for the RBS Bank is now turning her attentions to table tennis coaching.
Currently she coaches for the Bury Table Tennis Association in Greater Manchester; her caring personality making her ideal for the teaching role, a role she would like to pursue on a full-time basis.
In need of a coach? Certainly Amanda Winskill would be a very good choice, a player of standing and someone who really cares; a fact illustrated at the London 2012 Olympic Games and illustrated very clearly.
“I just did what anybody would have done”, concluded Amanda Winskill. Maybe but you did it, you showed compassion, thought and caring.
Amanda Winskill the caring volunteer.