A CAMERAMAN says he has to pinch himself as he gets up close and personal to the world’s finest athletes at London 2012.
Hartlepool man Dave Edwards, 27, is currently in the capital helping to cover the Olympic Games for the BBC alongside rowing legend Sir Steve Redgrave and presenter John Inverdale.
The former Manor College of Technology pupil is helping to cover the rowing at Dorney Lake for regional BBC shows in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Dave, who works for BBC Look North covering East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, landed the role after applying through work.
He admits the experience has been the pinnacle of his career so far.
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Dave, who has previously helped cover the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, for the BBC, said: “The atmosphere down here is incredible and everybody is absolutely buzzing.
“There is a really good vibe and a friendly atmosphere.
“I have loved every minute of it and it is just phenomenal being so close to the action and the athletes.
“It is really exciting working with Sir Steve Redgrave and I have to pinch myself at times.
“I was eating breakfast across from him the day after he took part in the opening ceremony.
“It was just so surreal.”
Dave is working closely with reporter Gavin Andrews and their task is to interview and shoot features with the rowers and their friends and family before editing the packages and sending them across the country.
The days are long but enjoyable and Dave said it is great to be part of the London 2012 experience.
The 27-year-old has also been covering live races and admits watching it alongside five-time Olympic champion Sir Steve is fascinating.
Dave said: “Both John Inverdale and Sir Steve Redgrave are brilliant to work alongside.
“While the races are on I am sat next to a five-time Olympic champion.
“It is fascinating to watch the racing next to Sir Steve and get an insight into the mind of the athletes.”
Dave, who now lives and works in Hull, attended Hartlepool College of Further Education after leaving Manor College.
He started out on work experience at the Hartlepool Mail.
Dave, whose mum Carol Edwards lives in the Elwick Rise area of town, is staying in Windsor while covering the Olympics and is due to be there until August 12.
The multi-skilled technical operator joined the BBC six years ago when he landed a job in Southampton.