Sheila selected for Olympic duty in London

Twelve NEAS staff to work in capital during the greatest show on Earth.

PARAMEDIC Sheila Coatesworth is proving she has world-class medical training after she was selected to work at this year's Olympics.

Sheila will be one of only a handful of paramedics from the region making the trip to London to help out at the 2012 Games - helping the millions of spectators expected at the event.

Sheila, who volunteered to take part in the Games, was among 12 other paramedics from the North East who will be seconded to the capital during the games.

The 38-year-old will work alongside London paramedics to offer her expertise at the events and assist with the huge crowds.

"I'm really excited about going down," said the team leader paramedic. "I know it's going to be really hard work and there are going to be a lot of obstacles along the way but I'm really looking forward to the challenge.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I'm just so glad to be a part of it. Something like this will never come around again.Click here to find out more!

"Every time they announce more sporting events I just get more and more excited, knowing that I'm going to be a part of it."

As a team leader paramedic, Sheila spends much of her time on the road, attending to emergencies in a rapid response car or with another paramedic in an ambulance.

But in July Sheila will spend more than three weeks in the capital covering the major sporting events and controlling the spectators' areas. She will make her first trip to London next week for training and the major incident trials.

Having covered several sporting events and concerts at Sunderland's Stadium of Light and Newcastle's St James' Park, this will be Sheila's biggest achievement in her career to date.

She said: "I do event cover up here but this is the biggest thing I've done. They are expecting millions and millions of people to be at the events and it will be a much grander scale.

"It will be totally different to what I normally do. I normally come into work and get given a job to do but this is going to be like going into the unknown. It's really exciting.

"My husband was very understanding when I told him I had volunteered. This chance will never come around again."

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