WORLD and Olympic champion Rebecca Romero joined students at the University of Chester to encourage volunteers to join in with delivering the Olympic Torch Relay through the city.

Volunteers are needed to help as a preview of the London 2012 Olympics comes through Chester – and have a great view of the action too.

The appeal comes in the run up to Universities Week 2012 which celebrates the higher education sector’s contribution to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games from April 30 to May 7.

The campaign will incorporate the 2012 Games as an over-arching theme and will highlight many of the diverse ways universities across the UK have engaged with and contributed to London 2012.

Rebecca Romero MBE was the first British athlete and second woman in history to win Olympic medals in two different sports at the summer Olympic Games.

An Olympic silver medalist and world champion in the sport of rowing, Rebecca took up cycling with the aim of achieving the same elite standard.

In a rapid rise through the ranks in track cycling she shattered British records and became double World Champion and Olympic Champion all within two and a half years in the sport.

She is currently studying for an MSc in sports and exercise nutrition at the University of Chester .

Rebecca said: “The Olympic Torch relay is really exciting for Chester and a great build up to the games. It’s fantastic that so many students at the university and members of the public are supporting this event.”

The University of Chester is working in conjunction with the events team at Cheshire West and Chester Council in delivering the Olympic Torch Relay on Tuesday, May 29.

The university is coordinating more than 350 volunteers who are needed to assist in lining the Torch Relay route and at the racecourse where an Olympic themed spectacular is planned.

The volunteers are needed to assist on the three aspects of the event: the relay route, general crowd management, and the racecourse event.

For the Relay route and general crowd management around 225 volunteers are needed from 4-8pm, who would be working with SIA (Security Industry Authority) trained stewards and event staff.

For the racecourse event 125 volunteers, aged over 18, are needed from 3-11pm as this is a more interactive event and will include a spectacular fireworks display.

All volunteers would be provided with a high-vis event vest and be expected to wear warm, comfortable clothing, preferably black jeans and a black top, plus comfortable footwear.

If you are interested in volunteering please email Tim Brown, senior lecturer in events management at the university on by Friday, May 4.