A TRANSSEXUAL Olympic employee chosen to meet VIPs from all over the world has praised the incredible team spirit that made her feel so accepted.
Delia Johnston chatted with celebrities, hobnobbed with heads of states, dined with dignitaries and even flirted outrageously with the Nigerian basketball team during her nine months working for Olympic organisers LOCOG.
“Everybody was nicer than nice,” she said.
“I was just accepted for exactly who I am – a leggy blonde who’s a bit of a character and whose voice happens to be a bit deep.”
In fact the Newport Pagnell 56-year-old, who lived as a man until four years ago, proved such a success that she has now been offered a top job as a consultant in the sporting world.
“I’ll be working at corporate top level for a large sporting company based within the UK. I can’t wait,” she said.
Delia heard last year that diversity-conscious LOCOG were looking for an ambassador from the transgender or transsexual population to fill a high profile role during the Olympics and Paralympics.
“I rang them up and basically said, ‘I’m your women’. I fitted the bill perfectly,” she said.
She started working full-time as an Olympic Family Accreditation Manager in December, closing the Milton Keynes-based transadvisory service she ran voluntarily.
“I was based in a office where everybody was fantastic. I even lived for a while in the Olympic Village itself, which was an incredible experience.
“I like to think, as the only publicly visible transsexual, I gave the job everything I had plus a little bit more.”
Delia enjoyed the experience so much that she had no hesitation cancelling one of the most important appointments of her life – her sex change operation.
“I cancelled it twice actually because it clashed with work. I’ll have the op next March now,” she said.
“Meanwhile my ambition is to continue to break down the taboos surrounding transsexuals and change any misguided opinions people may have about us.”