Janine Cowie from Haydon End in North Swindon has the unusual distinction of being selected to perform in both the opening on 27 July and also closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics.
She was born in Swindon and spent the first two years of her life here but went to school in Reading where her late father worked, before attending the Oxford School of Drama and Carlisle Institute of the Arts.
She currently has a place with the highly sought after East 15 Acting School from where she auditioned to take part in the Olympic showcase spectacular.
Mum Ros said: “I’m delighted that Janine has been selected. She has worked so hard, but with so many other young people coming out of drama and dance courses, and with the cutbacks in arts funding to pay for the Olympics, it’s been a huge struggle to gain work. All the performers are volunteers and are rehearsing by taking annual holiday; all they receive are transport expenses. Most of them have been selected for either the opening or closing ceremony, so it’s unusual for Janine to be taken on for both.”
Somewhere in the 10,000 performers at the launch show in the Olympic Stadim will be New College student Emma Muskett from Highworth, below,
The £27 million opener called ‘Green and Pleasant’ portrays artistic director Danny Boyle’s vision of Britain and features 10,000 volunteers and 120 farmyard animals. Janine and Emma have been sworn to secrecy as to what the show will be like, as have 60,000 people who enjoyed a preview on Monday 23 July.
However Janine was able to say: "The opening ceremony is electric, tear jerkingly moving, exhausting for the performers, but its an absolute privilege to represent my country, Danny Boyle and everyone that has worked so incredibly hard to bring this show together.
"It’s been long days and sleep deprived nights bringing it together, but I honestly couldn’t see myself anywhere else than in that stadium on Friday.
"But remember #Savethesurprise