Georgian College staff member, student head to the Olympics
June 19, 2012

A Georgian College staff member and a graduating Paramedic student will play key roles in the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympics Games in London, England.

Marilyn Nigro, a faculty member in the college’s School of Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation, will help recruit and train 2,600 workers and volunteers on the”Last Mile.”

“Each venue has one or more ‘Last Miles’ leading from the transportation hubs to the venue gates,” said Nigro. “My role as City Operations Manager will be to ensure that spectators reach their destination safely and quickly.”

Nigro arrived in London on April 20 to undergo training and familiarize herself with the transportation system. She applied for the position on a whim when she was browsing the Games’ volunteer recruitment site.

Second-year Paramedic student Katelyn Knaap, who also came across the site by chance, will use what she’s learned at Georgian as a member of the Games’ medical team.

“This will be an invaluable experience,” says Knaap. “I’m looking forward to learning medical procedures and practices used in different countries and working with professionals who specialize in various fields.”

Knaap leaves for London on July 21.

Nigro will return to Georgian in the fall to teach in the International Business Management program. Knaap plans to travel across Europe when the Olympic Games wrap up in August.

Nigro is documenting her journey on a blog: