15 Apr 2019
15 Apr 2019
Meet Mandeep, one of our first I Am Team GB Games Makers for the 2019 Nation's Biggest Sports Day! Find out how he got into volunteering and what his plans are for this year and beyond...
When and how did you get into volunteering?
When I heard that the 2012 Olympics were to be held in London, I knew I just had to be involved somehow! By chance, BT (the company I worked for) were one of the partners and they were given the opportunity to provide 300 BT volunteers. I applied and was lucky enough to be selected.
What is it about volunteering that you love?
There is so much: the friendships that are made with like-minded people; helping nurture the next generation of sporting stars or just supporting youngsters in their sport of choice; a chance to be part of an event and maybe meeting my sporting heroes!
Have you been a Games Maker previously? If so, tell us a bit about your experience.
I was a 2012 Olympic Games Maker in the role of accreditation. I was initially given about 25 shifts, but I contacted the team to ask for more. I ended up doing over 80 shifts and was involved from April to September 2012. I started out at Star Lane accrediting volunteers, media, contractors, etc. I was then moved to Heathrow pre-games to accredit the sports people, international media, Olympics family, heads of delegations and federations at the first point of entry into the country. I continued there until the very last day of the Paralympics.
What sports do you currently volunteer in?
I became an athletics official in 2013 and officiate at club, county and national levels. I volunteer at international events (Olympics, Commonwealth Games), and world championships (gymnastics, track cycling, white water) and also other local events such as the London Youth Games. I am a National Trust guide at a local property and volunteer at events at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and running events.
What motivated you to get involved in this year’s I Am Team GB?
Sport is very important both as a physical exercise and as mental release. It’s a chance to try new things as I believe every person can find a sport they love. Participating in sport is also a great way to make new friends.
What would you say to someone who wanted to get involved in volunteering for I Am Team GB?
Got for it! You may find that you enjoy the challenge and organisational aspect and to want to continue to do it for yourself and help others around you enjoy the sport you love.
Feeling inspired by Mandeep? Join him and thousands of others, by becoming an I Am Team GB Games Maker and make a difference in your community!