Sport Management alumni help Games run smoothly

Stephanie (Garant) Jones (BSM ’05), venue operations manager Sarah R. Smith is one of several Brock alumni working at the London Olympics. Brock University’s connections to the 2012 Summer Games go beyond athletes going for gold.Several alumni from the Sport Management program are working behind the scenes in London to ensure the Olympics run smoothly.For many, this won’t be the only Games appearing on their resumes, explained Cheri Bradish, associate professor in the department. They got their proverbial foot in the door when they were tapped to work at the 2010 winter Olympics in Vancouver.“We were fortunate when we hosted in Canada because there were many students that were graduating that were hired,” Bradish said.Brock alumni on the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) are:Laura Grouchy (BSM ’08), lead venue planner, event services Greg Wamsley (BSM ’07), venue operations manager, Wembley Arena.Ashley Jakobi (BSM ’07) is the games services manager, BOA, on Team GB. Danielle D’Lima (BSM ’07) is the Olympic approvals co-ordinator for The Coca-Cola Company in the U.K.Three Brock alumni are working for the Canadian Olympic Committee:Erin Mathany (BSM ’05), account manager, commercial rights and marketing partnerships Dana Tomiczek (BSM ’10), co-ordinator, marketing partnerships Nicole Greco (BRLS ’98), volunteer.“We saw it in Vancouver and now we’re seeing it London,” Bradish said about Brock’s connection to the Games. “It’s exciting to see our students being part of this and working at this Olympics.”A networking event is planned for the group in London on Aug. 10 and will also include sports management alumni already in the U.K. in other capacities. Brooke Arthur (BSM ’07), ticketing operations executive Sarah R. Smith (BSM ’04), sport, event and venue management specialist – canoe sprint services manager Colin Freeman, client group sales executive (BSM ’07)