AN Olympic volunteer has returned home with a host of golden memories after an unforgettable experience.
Sue Watson, from Greatham, got to cheer Team GB’s rowing and canoeing heroes across the line in her support role.
They included Kat Copeland, from Ingleby Barwick, who claimed gold in the women’s double sculls alongside rowing partner Sophie Hosking.
Like Kat, Sue, 59, is a member of Tees Rowing Club.
Sue, a supply teacher who also serves on Greatham Parish Council, said: “It was amazing the day she won the gold medal.
“I shouted to her from the side and she waved. Then I gave her a massive hug.
“I can’t believe I know an Olympian, but also a gold medallist Olympian.”
Sue, married to council worker Anthony, 51, attended a home-coming party for Kat at Tees Rowing Club last night.
She was based at Elton Dorney Lake where her job – helping photographers from all over the world get their shots – meant she was close to the finishing line.
“I just loved it and didn’t want to come away even on days off,” said Sue.
“I think I’m suffering from Post Olympic Depression.”
Sue, who has competed in rowing competitions for Tees Rowing Club for 10 years, was one of 250,000 people from across the country to apply for one of the 70,000 volunteering jobs.
The volunteers have come in for high praise in the national media for their friendliness and willingness to help.
Her application was helped after she volunteered for The Tall Ships Races when they came to Hartlepool two years ago.
Sue added: “It was a superb job. I was very lucky to see all the medal winners come down.
“I wept with joy when they won and wept for them when they lost.
“I didn’t come back with a gold medal but I did come back with the most golden memories.
“I was really proud to be part of it.”