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.

Me and my Red Mittens

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!


22 Responses to About

  1. jojo says:

    Hello Joyce! I thought I would return the favour and visit you from my blog, Literal Life! 🙂 I hope you have an amazing experience while volunteering at the Athletes Village. Let me know if there are any climate questions, or any questions, really, that I can help you with. Cheers from Jojo!

  2. Nancy Eaton says:

    Great Blog! Thank you for visiting our blog @ http://www.travelblog.org. I hope your 2010 Vancouver/Whistler Winter Games experience is brilliant. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us! We will link your blog to our Facebook account so all our friends can follow your volunteer experience! Wishing happy and safe travels to Vancouver! Nancy

  3. Hi Joyce

    What a great and inspiring blog! Its people like you that make such sporting events the successes that they are.

    I too am a Vancouver 2010 Volunteer. I will be an Olympic Family Assistant to on of the IOC members. I will be by your site sometime over the games. I will make sure to look out for you and give you a pin from the city where I work at, the District of North Vancouver.

    Have a great time at the games!

  4. minechick says:

    Hi Joyce!

    I came across your blog and I love it! I too have been planning to blog about my Olympic adventures in Vancouver and the places that you have been to visit are great ideas for me and I’ll be sure to stop! I just wanted to ask you if its ok that I add your blog to my blogroll, and refer to your blog in a post. I’d like to let my friends and family know where I am getting some of my inspiration from! Enjoy all of your wonderful adventures in Vancouver!

  5. Preben Walle says:

    Great blog, and great job on being a volunteer 🙂 Will read it daily and see how it unfolds.
    Please take a look at my preview blog: http://2010olympicsblog.blogspot.com/

    Preben, Norway

  6. Michael Cavanagh says:

    Hi Joyce! Found your blog by accident and great to see that you’re having such a great time at Vancouver 2010.

    Make sure that the Canadians understand you’re only on loan. 🙂 See you back in Scotland when your adventure is over!


  7. Sima says:

    HI Joyce

    I am interested in vlounteering for 2012 olympics – this is my first time- could you please let me know the process and where I apply. Thank you

  8. Rob Hueniken says:

    Thanks, Joyce, for your continuing participation in the Olympics, and your celebration of the human spirit.

    I, too, am a fan of the global good will and the shared determination and community.

    I have written a post on my blog in which I talk about the Olympic flame, and I include a photo of you: http://robhueniken.com/2010/03/the-olympic-flame-is-within-us–making-more-of-today.html

    Cheers and thanks for your efforts and the fine documenting you are doing.


    • Rob

      Thank you for your nice comments. I can’t believe the Games are all over, feeling deflated now. I read your blog, interesting reading and I note you used another of my photos, the one with the Torch Relay.


  9. Hello Joyce,
    I have just discovered your fascinating blog and have really enjoyed reading about your amazing experiences at the Games.

    Now that you are having a wee break from blogging- maybe you would be interested in looking at the People Making Waves project: http://www.peoplemakingwaves.org.uk. It is funded by the Legacy Trust UK and Scottish Arts Council. The site is run by Volunteer Development Scotland, and is collecting volunteer stories. Your experience would be a fantastic addition to the site!
    Thanks, Kirsty Jackson, The Gate Worldwide. ( on behalf of Volunteer Development Scotland).

  10. Hey there! I was a Blue Jacket too! I was at the stadium, serving as an Athletes’ Marshall and had an INCREDIBLE Olympic & Paralympic experience.

    I totally agree about the food service. YUCK! I eventually smuggled food from home in my backpack out of sheer desperation and 4 months later still cannot stomach the idea of eating pasta. UGH!

    I am enjoying reading back through your blog and as a local (I live right here) am pleased to know that volunteers from abroad had a good time serving alongside the Canadians.

    If you want to see my posts on my experience, my blog is here: http://tatterededge.blogspot.com

    YOu can search “Olympics” or “Paralympics” in the search box at the top left and all the posts will come up.


    • Thanks for your interest, even many months after the end of the Games.

      I have just read your Olympic blog and looked at your photos…I think you and I took the same shots, maybe nearly in the same place at the same time, particularly those taken at False Creek before the OC.

  11. Ron Finnigan says:

    Hi Joyce,
    Not sure if you are still reading your blog replies. Hopefully. Would love to get in touch with you about Delhi 2010 CG, in particular pin collecting. Very interested in knowing if you went or not, given the recent reports from over there. Desperately trying to get in touch with another collecter that is over there. Email me (ron_finnigan_2@sympatico.ca) when you have a chance. Best of luck in Delhi, assuming you are there.
    Ron Finnigan
    Toronto, CANADA

    • Sorry it has taken me so long to respond but I was on my Olympic 2010 blog today for the first time in ages and I noted your two comments.

      Delhi 2010 was not a good pin collecting environment. I collected a few but most, if not all, were from competing nations, and some I have never managed to get before.

      I think it is fair to say that India and Delhi 2010 did not get ‘pin trading’ therefore folk with interest in this area would have come away from the Games very disappointed. There were no places set up where pin trading was done and there were no shops selling pins (to my knowledge). The sale of Games merchandise out here was very poor and they certainly missed a trick because athletes alone would have bought a lot of stuff…I have still to see the Shera mascot on sale!

      Delhi 2010 will be remembered for many things but pin trading will not be one of them.

      • Ron Finnigan says:

        Thanks Joyce. So did you end up volunteering for Team Canada as in the past? Would like to stay in touch on the lead up to Glasgow 2014 if OK with you. What is the best way to get in touch? Will you still be checking that email address you mentioned earlier? (vancouver2010.volunteer@yahoo.com)
        Feel free to email at the email below.
        Ron Finnigan

  12. Cathy says:

    Hi Joyce! Great blog.. would love to chat with you about your volunteer experience. I’m in Canada and will be involved with the Pan Am Games in 2015. Perhaps we could connect over email, I have a few questions! Thanks, Cathy

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