Carole's story

15 Apr 2019

Carole is one of the first I Am Team GB Games Makers to get involved this year - find out about her past Games Maker experiences and what she's planning to do this year to get her community involved!

When and how did you get into volunteering?

In 2010 my local council sports team asked for members of the public to volunteer for a large event that they were staging - the modern pentathlon. I had not watched this event before, but I loved sport and wanted to give it a go. It was a fantastic experience! I have volunteered locally and nationally for many events since.

What is it about volunteering that you love?

Volunteering isn't just about giving, it’s about receiving as well. You could be cold and tired, but the smiling faces and thank you’s that you get from participants and spectators can’t be bought. You leave happy knowing that in some small way you helped to make that event.

Were you involved in I Am Team GB in 2016?

Yes I was, as part of Join In, volunteering at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Saturday 27 August.

Have you been a Games Maker previously? If so, tell us a bit about your experience.

I was a volunteer interviewer for Games Makers from February 2011 to March 2012. I was then a team member in the uniform distribution centre, helping new Games Makers try on and collect their uniforms for the games. At the Paralympics, I was part of the Sports Information team, answering queries from athletes and their teams and giving out results.

One of my most memorable experiences was at Brands Hatch with the Paralympic cycling. I was with the Sports Information team and we were based pitside, which was a brilliant experience in itself. I was offered the chance to wave the chequered flag at the end of one of the races… naturally I jumped at the chance! What I didn’t realise is that you have to wave everyone riding over the line, no matter how far behind the winners they are, but I loved it and gave everyone an energetic wave.

Which activities do you take part in?

Currently I am in training for the MoonWalk in London (a night charity walk). Last year I did the Couch to 5K, and did several parkruns, but had to stop due to my knee. I am hoping to return to this and also to volunteering at my local parkrun when I am not working.

For this year’s I Am Team GB campaign, what activity would you put on in your local community?

I would like to put on a walking event, so I can encourage families to go out walking.

What would you say to someone who wanted to get involved in volunteering for I Am Team GB?

Give it a go, it could change your life. I have made so many friends from volunteering.

Feeling inspired by Carole? Join her and thousands of others, by becoming an I Am Team GB Games Maker and inspire your community to get active!

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