Heather and Dave are Uckfield’s Big Macs

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LUCKY Heather Stewart who works at the Uckfield branch of McDonalds has been chosen to work at the firm’s prestigious sites at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

This raises the town’s Olympic profile even further, following the announcement that Uckfield Community Technology College students will form a ‘guard of honour’ for the Solomon Islands’ team at the Stadium.

The firm has just announced its official Olympic Champion Crew where just 2,000 staff were chosen from more than 87,000 hopefuls. To qualify for the honour they underwent a rigorous test of their speed, customer service and ability to work as part of a team – all essential skills to deliver the ultimate customer experience during London 2012.

As well as working at the Games they’ll also have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of London 2012, see at least one Olympic or Paralympic event, go to cultural events and socialise with fellow McDonald’s crew members from across the UK and the world.

Former Judo star Heather, 18, said: “I feel so lucky to have been selected. Being given the chance to work at the Games will be the biggest recognition of my hard work yet and it’s a great feeling knowing how proud my family is of my achievement. I think the most challenging thing will be keeping up with the volume of customers, but I am really excited to be working in the busiest McDonald’s restaurants in the country and will hopefully get the chance to see some of the sporting events myself. I love Judo and I used to be on the national team and it would be amazing to get to watch it – this is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I’m going to make the most of it.”

Uckfield McDonald’s franchisee, Dave Padmore, said: “I’m delighted Heather has been given this fantastic opportunity. McDonald’s was looking for its best people. They will have to step up their performance to meet the challenges of the Games. They’ll need to be able to make split second decisions; adapt to new environments and deliver the best customer service when the world’s eyes will be on Great Britain – a challenge I’m sure she will rise to.”