I won’t go on about my awesome month up in Glasgow for last years Commonwealth Games BUT it is the reason I have been asked, at late notice, to volunteer at the FIG World Gymnastics Championships. Needless to say I jumped at the chance to do some more volunteering.
Because I kept in touch with some rather lovely people with whom I shared my experiences last year, they knew that I had recently moved to Scotland and wondered if I would be available to join in. HELL YEAH!
So, last Sunday I got up at 6am and drove down to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro. I am part of the Media Operations team working in the Mixed Zone. Having a Volunteer role within any sporting or other event is a privileged opportunity and the one I have been given this time is no exception.
The Mixed Zone is where athletes, gymnasts etc get interviewed by broadcasters or other journalists about their result or competition. It is where “flash quotes” are taken for headlines etc. All this week I have been interacting with some of the best gymnasts in the world preparing them for photographs and interviews. It is very exciting to be so close to people you have seen on the television and for them to look you in the eye but of course a level of professionalism is required at all times.
The competition started yesterday – Friday 23rd October, with the finals to be on Sunday 1st November. It’s going to be a great ten days of world class gymnastics.
I can’t express to you how amazing it is get involved with these events as a volunteer. Giving up your time is just a minute part of what you will actually get out of doing it. It doesn’t have to be on such a large scale event most local sports clubs would love some help. Not into sport? How about being a dog walker for your local rescue centre? There is so much choice.
I will let you all know how I get on after the championships finish and then maybe I will look for another opportunity to do some more volunteering.