So this tranny with Tourette’s in a wheel­chair asks ‘Where are the f#&#@*’ toi­lets?’ You say...

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Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

WHAT would you do if you were an Olympics vol­un­teer stew­ard and a dis­abled bloke in a dress came up in his wheel­chair and asked where the near­est toi­lets were?

How about if you couldn’t un­der­stand a word he was say­ing be­cause of his/her speech im­ped­i­ment. And they’ve got Tourette’s. Ob­vi­ous an­swer: Take a bite 1. SEX­UAL ORI­EN­TA­TION A spec­ta­tor com­plains there are two men hold­ing hands sit­ting next to them – they feel very un­com­fort­able and would like you to tell the cou­ple to stop. What do you do? a) You tell the per­son to stop be­ing a ho­mo­pho­bic idiot and walk away. b) You want ev­ery­body to feel com­fort­able and wel­come at the Games, so po­litely ask the cou­ple to stop hold­ing hands. c) You ex­plain there is a huge di­ver­sity of peo­ple at the London 2012 Games, which in­cludes gay, les­bian and bi­sex­ual cou­ples. 2. ETH­NIC­ITY/RACE You need to point out one of your team mem­bers to an­other col­league who re­quires his level of ex­per tise. How do you de­scribe him? a) The tall black guy with short dark hair. out of your burger and pre­tend you can’t speak while you scarper.

Not quite good enough for our PC Olympic bosses, we’re afraid.

They’ve given vol­un­teers for b) That guy over there, who looks like an ath­lete. c) As your col­league is black, you are wor­ried about sound­ing racist when you de­scribe him, so you se­lect a less qual­i­fied team mem­ber to as­sist in­stead. 3. GEN­DER IDEN­TITY A spec­ta­tor asks po­litely where the near­est toi­lets are. You are not sure if the spec­ta­tor is male or fe­male. What do you do? a) Panic – you are not qual­i­fied to make this decision. Ex­plain po­litely that you do not know, and sadly can­not be of as­sis­tance. b) Just in case, tell them where the male, fe­male and ac­ces­si­ble toi­lets are. c) Ask the spec­ta­tor po­litely if they are male or fe­male, so that you can di­rect them ap­pro­pri­ately. this year’s Olympics a se­ries of ‘di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion’ ques­tions at spe­cial train­ing ses­sions ahead of the big event.

The ques­tions, which are also printed in a train­ing hand­book for the vol­un­teers, ad­dress ‘sen­si­tive’ is­sues of sex­u­al­ity, race, dis­abil­ity, re­li­gious be­lief and age.

One vol­un­teer from Manch­ester, who did not wish to be named, said: “I thought it was un­nec­es­sary, they could have spent the money in other ways.

“I know they are try­ing to cater for ev­ery­body but this was a bit pa­tro­n­is­ing. They should trust peo­ple’s com­mon sense.”

So how do you get on with them? 4. DIS­ABIL­ITY You are stopped by two spec­ta­tors. The man is ac­com­pa­nied by a lady in a wheel­chair. She has a speech im­pair­ment and speaks very qui­etly. She is ask­ing you a ques­tion but you are find­ing it very dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand her. What do you do? a) Turn to the nondis­abled man and ask him what she is say­ing. b) Tell her po­litely that you are un­able to un­der­stand her, and you are very sorry, but you need to be at your team brief­ing. c) Tell her that un­for­tu­nately you are un­able to un­der­stand her, and ask if there is any­thing you can do to help her com­mu­ni­cate with you. as­sign sev­eral du­ties to you and your team mem­bers. One of your team mem­bers is a great deal older than the oth­ers, what do you do? a) Ask your col­leagues if they have any pref­er­ences or is­sues with the du­ties you need to share out, and then as­sign ap­pro­pri­ately. Your older col­league does not raise any is­sues, so you give him one of the more phys­i­cally de­mand­ing roles, as he says he has done it be­fore. b) As­sign du­ties re­gard­less of the col­league in ques­tion. c) Wink cheek­ily at your older col­league and ex­plain that you will be kind on his ‘old bones’ and the ‘young ‘uns’ can do the run­ning around. 6. BE­LIEF You are chat­ting to a fel­low Games Maker at the se­cu­rity line while wait­ing to ac­cess the venue. They point out a woman in front of you who is wear­ing a scarf on her head and re­mark ‘surely she won’t be al­lowed to wear that in the venue!’. What do you say in re­sponse? a) Ig­nore the com­ment and change the sub­ject. b) Point out that the woman is wear­ing a hi­jab, a form of Mus­lim head­wear some women choose to wear as part of their faith. c) Wait un­til your first shift with the col­league wear­ing the head­scarf and raise your is­sue in front of them and your fel­low team mem­bers. AN old lady stopped me in the street and asked if I knew how she could get to

hospi­tal. So I pushed her un­der a bus – Terry Crax­ton,

Sh­effield

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