Student is a pass master

Rebecca Osborne: Hartlepool student who is part of the Paralympic security team.
Rebecca Osborne: Hartlepool student who is part of the Paralympic security team.

A HARTLEPOOL student who was given the “chance of a lifetime” to work as a member of security staff for the Paralympic Games – and ask TV personality Gary Lineker to show his pass.

Rebecca Osborne applied for the role of security operation worker with G4S at the Games two years ago after being told about the opportunity by her tutor at Hartlepool College of Further Education, in Stockton Street.

The 21-year-old, who one day hopes to be a police officer, worked in the athletes ‘reception area checking identification passes and ensuring people were who they claimed to be.

Rebecca even asked to see former England footballer and television presenter Gary Lineker’s pass as she didn’t realise it was him.

She said: “It doesn’t matter how famous somebody is, if they don’t have an approved pass, there is no way that I will let them in.

“It was great to see all the athletes too. I’ve worked in the main entrance area for all athletes and have seen all the famous names that have taken part at my venue.

“I must admit that I didn’t know many of them, but I’ve sometimes found out that I’ve been speaking to a world champion after I’ve checked their passes and let them through.”

The chance came after Rebecca got through the written application phase and training exercises to prepare her for the role such as stewarding, customer services, conflict management, door supervision and interviews.

Rebecca said: “I’m so grateful that my college tutor suggested I got involved in this. It’s been so good to work with people from so many backgrounds.

“I like to know that I am playing my part in helping people enjoy themselves and making sure that they know they are safe.

“My experiences have opened up so many options for me that I hadn’t considered before. I now hope to look at both the police force and other security based careers.”

To mark the end of the Paralympics tomorrow there will be a national event, Bandstand Marathon.

Ward Jackson Park, in Hartlepool, is set to host the North-East’s flagship event from 1pm until 5pm where performers ranging from 12 to 18 who have worked with the Hartlepool-based Red Dreams charity will take to the stage.

Ward Jackson Park will also join in a collective performance across Bandstand Marathon events nationwide where musicians at each location will give their rendition of Coldplay’s anthemic hit Viva La Vida.

This will take place simultaneously at 2pm in bandstands across the UK, including the Bandstand on the Olympic Park, before Coldplay’s headline performance at the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony later in the day.