A teaching assistant from Yeovil has landed a dream job at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Robert Reid, 26, is one of only 12 people to be chosen as a National Olympic Committee assistant for Team GB.
The voluntary role means the Preston Primary School teaching assistant could rub shoulders with global icons such as David Beckham, Jessica Ennis and Sir Chris Hoy.
Mr Reid, of Westbourne Grove, initially applied for a job as a ticket collector at the Games, but after impressing officials in an interview, was offered a more central role.
He said: “The best way to describe my role is that of a holiday rep to all of Team GB.
“All of the British athletes are likely to come into contact with me at some point.
“I could be doing anything from showing athletes and VIPs around the Olympic village to driving the likes of David Beckham around London.
“I can’t wait. We have been told we will be under a lot of pressure – maybe more so than some of the other teams – because of the Olympics being held in this country.
“It makes you a bit nervous but I can’t wait to get started, it really is the opportunity of a lifetime and I will never get the chance to do anything like this again.”
Mr Reid knew he had been selected as a National Olympic Committee assistant earlier this year, but was made to wait to discover which nation of superstars he would be working with.
And upon discovering that he had been selected for Team GB, he was left “stunned”.
He said: “Of course I really wanted to work for Team GB, but whatever team I was selected for, I knew it would be great.
“It is special to be able to say that not only will I be part of the Olympics, but I will be doing my bit for the world I live in by welcoming people from other countries to the UK.
“I always thought when I was younger that if the Olympics came to Great Britain I would go and watch, but when I saw the ticket prices I realised I probably could not afford it.
“However, I am going to be much prouder to say that I am going to be part of it.
“You cannot pay for the experiences that I am going to get.”
Mr Reid is set to start work in London on July 9 – putting the final touches to preparations for the Games which will be officially heralded at the opening ceremony on Friday, July 27.
His role will involve working for a total of five weeks – and will culminate in him missing a special day in his life.
He said: “My wife, Lisa, has been very supportive, especially considering I am going to miss our wedding anniversary on August 4.
“But she will be coming up a few times during the Games so hopefully we can spend a few weekends together.”
It will not affect his job at Preston Primary, however, as the task is largely within the school holidays.