December 12 - The 70,000 Games Makers volunteers, who gave up their time to welcome the world at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, have been recognised in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Awards.
The Games Makers were included in a special award paying tribute to 60 organisations that have used volunteering to change Britain for the better during the Queen's 60 year reign.
Children's charities, healthcare bodies and organisations involved in the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games were among those recognised in The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012.
London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe said the Games Makers embodied the values of the Games and that the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012 would help to officially recognise the spirit of generosity of volunteers across all sectors of British society.
"Like everyone, we are tremendously proud of the volunteers who play such a vital role in British society," said Coe.
"The volunteers really are the unsung heroes of communities across the UK, and were fundamental to the success of the Games this summer.
"The determination of the Games Makers to do something special for their city and country and for the athletes of the UK and the world, helped to make the Games an unforgettable experience for everyone who was at the Games in 2012.
"They continue to inspire us all."
Working across London 2012 in competition venues, key Games support sites and behind the scenes, the Games Makers performed a wide variety of roles and became the face of the Olympics and Paralympics.
They drew universal praise from visitors and athletes alike and were seen as essential to the success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"The 60 organisations honoured today with The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award for Volunteering 2012 have built their success on the dedication and generosity of thousands of extraordinary people," said Martyn Lewis, chairman of the committee that decided the winners.
"Each has devoted their time and energy to the simple aim of making their communities - and their country - a better place."
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