Grant's story

09 May 2019

Grant is one of our first I Am Team GB Games Makers for 2019 - find out about his past Games Maker experiences and what he's planning to do this year to get his community active!

When and how did you get into volunteering?

I first started volunteering in the summer of 2012 at the London Olympics in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. I was a Games Maker as part of the Event Services Team. I have always been keen to encourage others to take part in sport and volunteer at events locally, nationally and all over the world.

What is it about volunteering that you love?

I love working as part of a team of dedicated and passionate individuals working towards a common goal. Seeing the fun and enjoyment that people get by doing more than they believed they could is priceless. Going that extra mile makes it so special. I love meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds and learning new things from them which in turn makes me more educated and helps me at future events I might attend.

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

Being a Games Maker is amazing experience working with like-minded people with so many abilities and experiences. Working as a team is a worthwhile thing which I really enjoy and would partake in whenever the opportunity arises. Working on the local and world stage has certainly broadened my horizons. I have also gained more confidence in my abilities to do things especially when leading a group of people. I would certainly not be the man I am today if not for the opportunities the Games Maker programme gave me.

What sports/activities do you volunteer in, and why?

At present I volunteer at Saracens Rugby Club as one of their PiONEers. The PiONEers provide a service to visitors to the club. We complement the services provided by the club to enhance the match day experience for everyone. However, it’s not just rugby at the club. Saracens do a lot of things in the local community through their Sports Foundation and a number of PiONEers are involved in these activities. I volunteer at the club as part of the legacy of London 2012 and in many ways the PiONEers are like the Games Makers. So being able to feel and experience that magic all over again is wonderful. The club is very supportive of its volunteers and many people have moved on to bigger and better things both in and outside the club.

What sports/activities do you take part in?

I enjoy swimming which I regularly do at my local sports centre. I also enjoy archery and even though I doubt I’ll ever win a gold medal, it’s something I find both challenging and rewarding in equal measure. I really like taking part in team events as it’s a great way of meeting people.

What motivated you to get involved in this year’s I Am Team GB?

I was motivated to get involved in this year's I Am Team GB as I have followed Team GB for as long as I can remember. Encouraging other people to get involved in sport and get active in their community is very important to me. I think that being involved in this campaign will bring people together in a way that nothing else can, having seen some of my friends being involved in previous years. They told me how enjoyable and rewarding it was and encouraged me to get involved!

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

I was thinking of trying to encourage people in my local community to join me in a walk around our village. During this walk, I will try to get more people to take part in sport and become volunteers at events in the future.

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

I would encourage them to give it a go as a Games Maker, and check out Team GB’s social media channels to stay up to date with the campaign as it grows.

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