Great Games for volunteers

Graham Chambers, Bo'ness, 2014 Games volunteer
Graham Chambers, Bo'ness, 2014 Games volunteer

Bo’ness student Graham Chambers applied to be a Clydesider volunteer at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games but never thought he would be slap bang in the middle of celebrity stardom.

Graham was chosen to work at the weightlifting arena and was delighted to be asked to lead out the 56kg weighlifting competitors.

Graham said: “As a sporting family we feel it is important to put something back and can do this though participating at the games. I hope that Scotland can be left with a lasting legacy to make sport part of every day life and, hopefully, putting Scottish athletes at the top for years to come.’’

West Lothian Council staff are playing a vital role in helping deliver the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Three members of the council’s sport and outdoor education team have been successfully chosen to be Clydesiders, part of the army of volunteers supporting the Games at sports venues and the athletes’ village.

Linlthgow’s Low Port staff member Iain Richardson has been working as a course marshall during the mountain biking.

He is looking forward to being able to share the benefits gained from a volunteer role.

Iain said: “This experience will help me to demonstrate that I have a commitment to use and develop the skills and knowledge that I have gained from working at Low Port by being actively involved in the delivery of the cycling events during G2014 as a volunteer.”

Craig Hannah from Bo’ness was another volunteer with a crucial role. Firefighter Craig was a volunteer medic at the athletics in Hampden Park and the rugby sevens at Ibrox, and witnessed some of the Glasgow 2014 showcase events.

Executive councillor for culture and leisure, Depute Provost Dave King, said: “It’s a real honour to take part with over 50,000 applications for volunteer posts and only 15,000 chosen.’’