Back in 2013 I applied to be a volunteer at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. At the point I hit the “Send” button on the application form I didn’t think it would change my life, help me to make some lifetime friends and have some amazing experiences but this was to be just the start of my volunteering adventures.
On the 10th July 2014, I was Glasgow bound to spend 25 days wearing a uniform and being a part of the Commonwealth Games. I had been chosen to work in the Main Press Centre as Photography Team Leader. This is the epicentre for all photographers and journalists reporting results, stories and images as the events happen. It’s super busy but in a good way. The buzz of the events and press conferences with athletes carried us through long shifts and walking anything between 9 and 13 miles per shift!
I used this opportunity to learn from photographers, other volunteers and staff. I was lucky enough to have tickets for some of the events – Judo, Track Cycling and Women’s Boxing Finals but also got to see some Netball and the Gymnastics Finals too. Incredibly lucky. We had so much fun.
Some of you may be aware that I am a big believer in “If you don’t ask, you don’t get” so with that I managed to be in a Press Conference with Amir Khan and then have my photo taken with him. On an afternoon off I also met Sir Steve Redgrave and James Cracknell (They sat in front of me at the Gymnastics) *see photo.* Another of the Press Centre’s visitors was Matt Baker of Countryfile fame.
Another great moment was meeting Laura Trott, Jason Kenny, Andy Tennant and getting to wear Andy’s Silver medal.
It wasn’t all about the famous people and not even the amazing people I worked with, of whom I now call friends but to say I was a part of the Commonwealth Games family makes me proud. Wearing the uniform and the Saltire on my back made me proud. I won’t lie to you I did cry (more than once) when it was all over and I sometimes still get a lump in my throat when I think about it.
The buzz around the city during the games was electric. Walking home in my uniform strangers would ask me what role I was doing, where was I staying and then share a story or two. Glasgow and it’s people were excellent hosts and I will continue to visit. Scotland doesn’t know it but I have made it my 2nd home.
Next my volunteering adventures are next month and much closer to home in Hereford. The IBSA Blind Football European Championships 2015 are being held at thePoint4 at the Royal National College for the Blind from 22-29 August 2015.
I moved to Scotland in October 2015 and also became a member of the volunteer team for the World Championship Gymnastics too. You can read about my experience here.
Most recently I have been accepted to join the media team at Gleneagles for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. I’m very excited to be playing my part in Scotland hosting another huge sporting event. You can follow my adventures over on Instagram.
*Please excuse the quality of a couple of these images they were taken on my mobile*