Earlier this year we heard from RLSS UK Trainer Assessor Joshua Dovey as he had secured a volunteer role at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. We caught up with Joshua at the end of the Games to see how he got on...

"Volunteering at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has been an amazing experience and I wish it could have continued for longer!

"I was working in the Media Centre, and my main two roles were working on the help desk and the tribunes. The tribunes are a dedicated area for the media to watch the games with the best view, with tables and internet connection so that any articles or posts can be updated quickly. For both of these areas, my role was to support the media and journalists with any questions they may have and guide them to the right places to be when needed. Volunteering in the tribunes was such a great experience as it has the best view for the media to watch the swimming and diving, so when I was not needed by the journalists, it meant I got to watch and enjoy some of the events. 

"On my last day of volunteering, I got to work in the mixed zone, which is where all of the athletes have their interviews straight after their event. I had to guide athletes to their interviews and it meant I got to chat with a few of them whilst we were walking to the different areas which was a lovely experience.

"The media team and all of the volunteers were so friendly and supportive and you could not have asked for a better team to work in. I was given the opportunity to have an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live about volunteering and our role with the team which was scary at the time! It was lovely to be recognised for all the hard work we did as volunteers and the radio interview was a great opportunity to promote that. 

"I hope I am able to take part in another event such as this in the future."

Trainer Assessor Joshua volunteers at Birmingham Commonwealth Games (3)

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