Olympic ex­pe­ri­ence thrills man­ager

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

It isn’t ev­ery day that Usain Bolt walks into your work­place.

But that’s what hap­pened to Toko­roa McDon­alds se­nior man­ager Hone Wil­son while work­ing in the McDon­ald’s res­tau­rant in the Olympic Vil­lage.

While see­ing the fastest man in his­tory was a phe­nom­e­nal sight, it was also expected.

‘‘It was awe­some, a re­ally great ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ he said.

Mr Wil­son left for Lon­don in Au­gust af­ter McDon­ald’s di­rec­tors in Auck­land were im­pressed with his pre­sen­ta­tion on how he be­lieves the busi­ness should be oper­at­ing.

He won re­turn air­fares to the Lon­don Olympics, where he worked at the world’s largest McDon­ald’s res­tau­rant built es­pe­cially for the Olympics.

‘‘We were ac­tu­ally work­ing in the Olympic Vil­lage. Ath­letes would just come in and or­der what­ever they wanted, like 10 Big Macs.

‘‘I saw Usain Bolt, he came in but it was just for a pro­mo­tional thing.’’

‘‘ We went to the swim­ming events and we went round and did sight­see­ing.’’

There were about 114 other em­ploy­ees from 36 coun­tries work­ing with Hone.

‘‘There were a few peo­ple from coun­tries who couldn’t speak English so we just had to do a bit of sign lan­guage.’’

He said the feel­ing at the event was elec­tric.

‘‘It was just the at­mos­phere of be­ing there, when we had to walk through the se­cu­rity to get in. Just see­ing it on TV and ac­tu­ally be­ing there,’’ he said.

Mr Wil­son also said all of the McDon­ald’s em­ploy­ees shared the same ho­tel cre­at­ing ca­ma­raderie and en­joy­ing the oc­ca­sion to­gether.

‘‘I got to meet all of the other peo­ple from the other coun­tries. McDon­ald’s on the other side of the world is ex­actly the same over here,’’ he said.

‘‘Peo­ple there were just re­ally en­joy­ing them­selves.’’

As part of the prize, he also saw some Olympic events.

Mr Wil­son has been work­ing at McDon­ald’s Toko­roa for 11 years and was joined by a McDon­ald’s man­ager from Whangarei.

TRIP OF A LIFE­TIME: McDon­ald’s Toko­roa man­ager Hone Wil­son, cen­tre, said his trip to the Lon­don Olympics was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

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