Ian – My Story
I was inspired to get into volunteering by the positive impact made by the Games Makers at London 2012. My first volunteering experience was at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014 where I worked at the Fleet Depot helping to ensure the smooth operation of over 600 cars and 1,000 drivers. This did mean that I was remote from much of the action and direct contact with the athletes, spectators and other dignitaries but it was still such an enjoyable and rewarding experience to be involved, knowing that I’d made a contribution to delivering an extremely successful event. So much so that, when I returned home to Nottingham, I looked to get involved in other events.
I applied to be a volunteer for the Cerebral Palsy World Games in Nottingham in 2015. The main organisers of this event were Cerebral Palsy Sport, a Nottingham based charity. I noticed on their web site that they also wanted some assistance with general administration work so I contacted them to see if I could be of any help. They very kindly offered me the role of Volunteer Coordinator for the World Games. This meant that I was the main point of communication between the organising committee and the 180 volunteers. This became quite a challenging but extremely enjoyable role which was also very rewarding as the event was a great success, enjoyed by the athletes, their supporters and the volunteers.
Since then I have continued to volunteer for CP Sport on a regular basis helping out with some of the general administration. I have also volunteered at other sporting events, particularly at the Nottingham Tennis Centre which hosts tournaments prior to Wimbledon and the British Open Wheelchair Championships. I have developed a keen interest in volunteering at disability sports events such as the inaugural Invictus Games, Wheelchair Rugby, Special Olympics and Learning Disability Tennis. I feel that these give a great sense achievement and reward by offering chances to people with disabilities to take part if sporting events.
I have since volunteered at the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeong Chang, South Korea and the Cerebral Palsy World Games in Sant Cugat, Spain. I also volunteered at the 2019 Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi.