NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL — A Bert Fish Medical Center janitor who recently requested a three-month leave to attend the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver was granted the time off, according to the East Volusia News-Journal.
Tony Hamilton is not taking a vacation, but instead will be one of eight housekeeping supervisors overseeing crews whose sole purpose will be ensuring athletes have a clean room to come back to after finishing their competitions, the story stated.
Hamilton said: "This is a great opportunity. I am going for the experience. This is going to be a great challenge. Sodexo wants to make this a fun adventure for everyone. I am going to send back lots of pictures."
According to the story, Sodexo Inc., the company that manages housekeeping under contract for the Bert Fish Medical Center, sent out an e-mail several months ago saying it was looking for people to be part of its Olympic team; Hamilton was notified of his being selected and was told to report to the Olympic Village at Whistler Mountain on January 4, 2010.
Hamilton will ensure the rooms are maintained during the two weeks of competition in February, and again during the Para-Olympic games that follow, before returning the living quarters to their original condition and coming home in March, the story noted.
Though he will not receive his regular paycheck from the Bert Fish Medical Center while tending to athletes'' rooms for 50 hours each week, Hamilton is excited to watch the various events from vantage points few will have, the story added.
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