I have always tried to help out where I have had the time and skills. I first got into sports event volunteering with the London 2012 Olympic Games – the opportunity to contribute to the only Olympics I will see in my own country was too good to miss. The best thing about volunteering is knowing that my skills are valued and that I can make a difference to the event, competitors, other volunteers and spectators. I also volunteer in the Cerebral Palsy Sport office once a month helping with administrative duties and try to get to events to help with results and announcing.
I have been fortunate to volunteer at some big sporting events, London 2012 Olympics, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Nottingham 2015 CPISRA World Games (Team Host Brazil), Nottingham 2016 International Tennis events, Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Korea 2018 Winter Olympics and 2017 & 2018 Wheelchair Tennis.
I enjoy undertaking a variety of roles. In Rio i was in teh computer room and could see the track and medal podium. In Korea i worked on the opening and closing ceremonies for both the Olympics and Paralympics.
In Summer 2018 I travelled with Team CP England for the CPISRA World Games in Spain, supporting the swimmers in training and competition. This high level of involvement is completely exhausting but so rewarding.