Hi, welcome to my Olympic blog, where I aim to write about my experience and adventure at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games to be held in Vancouver and Whistler from 12-28 February.
My name is Joyce and I live near Edinburgh in Scotland. I am a major sporting events volunteer and I love it.
I have been a volunteer at five Commonwealth Games – Edinburgh (1986), Auckland (1990), Victoria (1994), Manchester (2002) and Melbourne (2006). At all of these Games I have worked for Commonwealth Games Canada (CGC) and I have had the time of my life. I feel very honoured to have been part of Team Canada. Through it I have made many wonderful friends from coast to coast to coast in Canada and have many wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. A CGC note about me from Melbourne 2006 – http://www.commonwealthgames.ca/games/index_e.aspx?DetailID=1136
I hope to go to the Delhi Commonwealth Games this year and in 2014 I will be in Glasgow when the Games come back to Scotland for the 3rd time. I also would like to volunteer at the 2012 Olympics when they are held in London.
My volunteering has covered many sporting events – the Open Championship; hockey; athletics; tennis, etc. I love being a volunteer. Sport depends on volunteers at all levels. Many folk work tirelessly in sport at grassroot level and are committed to coaching, encouraging and inspiring our young athletes to be the best they can be in their sport, and in life generally.
I consider myself very lucky to be able to volunteer at major sporting events, seeing elite athletes prepare for their events, ensuring they have what they need to perform at optimum level, and hopefully win the event, a medal or improve their personal best.
In 1984 I attended the Olympic Games in Los Angeles as a spectator and had a really great time. I would have liked to attended other Games since then but it never happened. I had often thought about volunteering for the Olympics but it never happened either.
However, on 2 July 2003 the International Olympic Committee announced that Vancouver had won the bid to host the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. I knew there and then that I was going to volunteer for Vancouver. I wanted to do this for 3 reasons:
1) I love Canada (visited 21 times!)
2) I wanted to volunteer for the Olympics
3) I love the snow and can’t think of anything better than being involved with Olympics in Canada during the winter.
I applied to VANOC at the earliest opportunity to be a volunteer. A part of me was concerned that I wouldn’t be successful as I am not Canadian but I also knew that the IOC encourages host cities to enlist international volunteers. And indeed, VANOC accepted my application and I will be flying out to Vancouver at the end of January.
I will be based in Whistler and working in the Athletes Village as part of the Resident Services team. I am looking forward to getting to Whistler at the beginning of February, where I will attend a training session, get my accreditation, uniform and meet the rest of the team.
I have a busy schedule but I also have time to see some events. I am particularly looking forward to attending the curling to see GBR v CDN (w). I am also hoping to see the Olympic Torch as it reaches the end of its journey throughout Canada.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and I am looking forward so much I could burst.
Let the Games begin!