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Williams Lake 2024 Summer Olympics volunteer stoked

Abbi Taylor will be part of the Canada House Team at the Paris Games
Abbi Taylor of Williams Lake is excited to volunteer for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. She volunteered for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea as seen here.

For the second time, Abbi Taylor of Williams Lake has signed up to volunteer at the Olympics. 

She will be part of the Canada Olympic House team of about 200 people when the Games take place July 26 to Aug. 11 in Paris, France. 

"Most Olympic committees have a house at the Games, which can be a place for athletes, family, sponsors and other important individuals to get together," Taylor explained. 

She said some of the houses are open to the public offering them a "sliver of their country." 

When she volunteered in 2018 at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, the Canada Olympic House had Canadian food, mostly poutine, and Canadian beer and drinks for people to enjoy while watching sports on a big screen TV. 

Taylor will be doing different jobs while there, she said. 

In Paris she will be staying with two other women from Ontario and one from Alberta. 

"For the first time in history, the opening ceremonies are taking place on the Seine on riverboats through the heart of Paris," she said. "It'll be an amazing experience to kick off our two weeks in Paris." 

To raise money for the trip, Taylor and her mom Brenda Taylor have been doing baking fundraisers.

"I'm thankful for all the support I've received from the community," she said.

Studio 20 will be hosting a fun, light boot camp and yoga class in the sun at Nesika Elementary School on Sunday, July 14 at 9:30 a.m. 

People can sign up for the class by using the the MindBody app. 

Taylor has a degree in sport management and while in university was encouraged to volunteer at sporting events. 

After South Korea she was accepted to volunteer at the Tokyo Olympics but the volunteer program was cancelled due to COVID in 2021 and 2022. 

"Paris is the first time since 2018 that they have had Canadians come over and volunteer their time," she said. 





Monica Lamb-Yorski

About the Author: Monica Lamb-Yorski

A B.C. gal, I was born in Alert Bay, raised in Nelson, graduated from the University of Winnipeg, and wrote my first-ever article for the Prince Rupert Daily News.
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