(above) Jayne Pearce, Head of Press Operations London 2012 with Laszló Pajor-Gyulai, president of Hungarian Sportswriters Association, and Dobor Dezsö , AIPS Executive Committee Member (centre).(Photo by Egor Aleev)
By Anna Fedyakina, AIPS Young Reporter – Russia
SOCHI, April 17, 2013 – Jayne Pearce, the head of Press Operation team in London 2012, received the AIPS Best Press Facilities Award . In December 2012, when the voting took place, the London Olympic Games won with a huge gap. The London team received 38,45 % with 1269 point. It was far ahead of the Euro 2012, which got 550 points (16,25 %), and Wimbledon Tennis Championships with 509 points (15,04%).
“I’m very honored to have the Award. We had built a great team and the team deserved credit because every one of them did their parts. And it’s a great honor to be awarded by journalists for the Best Press Facility”.
Dezco Dobor, member of the AIPS Executive Committee, and Laszlo Pajor-Gyual, President of Hungarian National Association of the sport journalists, presented the Award. After the ceremony Jayne Pearce shared with AIPS young reporters her impressions: “I’m very honored to have the Award. We had built a great team and the team deserved credit because every one of them did their parts. And it’s a great honor to be awarded by journalists for the Best Press Facility”.
Looking back on the Olympics in London Ms. Pearce mentioned that there were 6312 journalists accredited for the event. And to make sure they are happy with doing their job was the top priority of her team. “Because if they can’t work – they can’t write. If they can’t write – they can’t tell the world about the event. So our job is to make sure in the background that journalists can do their job. They had a very difficult task during the Games. So our task is to make their job easier by providing them with good facilities”, Jayne Pearce added.
She also gave some useful peaces of advice for the future teams, who will arrange the work of journalists during such a huge international events: “I think you need to have a good planning, to stick with your targets, recruit good people, who willing to do the best jobs of their lives. And always keep at center of your daily work that you need to make life of journalists easier”.