Hartlepool supermarket worker to lead out athletes at the Olympic Stadium

David Clark
David Clark

A SUPERMARKET worker will step out into the packed Olympic Stadium and lead the world’s best athletes out on to the track.

David Clark, a team leader at the Sainsbury’s Middle Warren store, on Hartlepool’s Bishop Cuthbert estate, has been selected to play a part at the sell-out Anniversary Games in the capital tomorrow night.

David Clark

David Clark

The event, organised to mark the one-year anniversary from the opening ceremony of last year’s London Olympics, is sponsored by the supermarket chain and David was nominated by his colleagues to be one of the volunteers at the meeting, which will be screened around the world.

He will lead the athletes out onto the track ahead of one or more of the events, which could lead to him being just metres away from the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt, who is competing in the 100m.

The 19-year-old admitted he was shocked when he found out he had been selected.

David, who lives in the town centre area, said: “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the stadium is completely sold out so I think the atmosphere is going to be absolutely incredible.”

David will be playing his part tomorrow night but the event continues into Saturday and Sunday.

Double Olympic-gold winning Mo Farah is one of a number of British athletes taking part.

David added: “I watched a lot of the Olympics last year and it was amazing,

“To think I am going to be around some of those athletes and that I could be leading Olympic gold medallists on to the track is really exciting.”