Wycliffe teacher meets Michelle Obama and Dame Kelly Holmes at London 2012

Stroud News and Journal: Wycliffe College teacher and Olympic volunteer Lisa Gomez with double gold winning Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes at London 2012 Wycliffe College teacher and Olympic volunteer Lisa Gomez with double gold winning Olympian Dame Kelly Holmes at London 2012

WYCLIFFE College teacher Lisa Gomez could not believe her eyes when she bumped into the First Lady of the most powerful nation on earth at the London Olympics on Sunday, July 29.

The 27-year-old, who is head of Spanish at the Stonehouse school, ran into Michelle Obama in a courtside corridor as the USA's men's basketball team prepared for their first group game against France.

Lisa, who speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese, is volunteering as a Games Maker at London 2012, providing language assistance and translation services to members of visiting basketball teams.

After meeting Mrs Obama on the Sunday, she was also lucky enough to rub shoulders with Olympic legend Dame Kelly Holmes the following day.

"As Michelle Obama walked through the corridor to the court she kindly stopped and asked if I was enjoying my time here at the Games," said Lisa.

"She was very lovely to speak to and it was a great experience."

"Dame Kelly Holmes then came to watch the women's basketball the next day and again as she was leaving she kindly stopped and chatted.

"She asked if I was enjoying my time here and I asked her if she enjoyed the basketball, which she said she did very much."

"She was so lovely and so appreciative of the volunteers."

A lifelong fan of the Games, Lisa first applied to be a Games Maker after seeing the job advertised on television.

Following an intensive interview process, she was one of the select few lucky enough to land the role.

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