A LLANDUDNO man has returned to work after having one of London 2012’s most important roles.
Jim Jones, who works for leisure services in Conwy County Borough Council, was on hand at the Olympics to ensure competitors didn’t gain an unfair advantage at the games by taking part in doping testing.
Mr Jones was based around the Aquatics Centre, and covered events such as swimming, syncrhonised swimming and diving.
His duties included monitoring the six control stations within the centre, where athletes are required to give samples of blood and urine, and ensuring the smooth running of anti-doping work.
Samples were sent over to a World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory in Middlesex, which is estimated to have collected about 5,000 samples during the games, and will collect a further 1,250 during the Paralympics.
He said: “The atmosphere was incredible. There was a real buzz about London - of course from the sporting side of things, but also the amount of festivals that are ongoing.”
He added that he was familiar with the area of Stratford, having worked for a nearby authority four years ago, and said the area had been “transformed” and regeneration efforts had been “incredible”.
He added that he now looks forward to attending a similar role at the Paralympics, which begin on August 29.