A Volunteers Journey to Becoming 'A Runner' at the IAAF World Athletics Championships
Posted: Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:44
From a young age I started running with my dad and joined the local running club; I have always loved sport especially Athletics. Running has shaped my life and experiences dramatically over the years; giving me some incredible highs and some heart breaking lows. It has honestly been quite the love affair over the 20+ years. Running has become part of my routine and if I don't run it feels like some thing is missing or majorly wrong. In 2012 I was fortunate enough to be one of the Games Makers for the Olympics in London so when I saw the advert for becoming a 'runner' at the IAAF World Athletics Championships I just knew I had to apply.
The process started back in October 2016 when I sat at my computer trying to find the right words for the application to hopefully be offered an interview. I remember sitting in a cafe in Southwold when I received the email I had been waiting for 'We are thrilled to let you know that your application has been successful and you have progressed to the next stage of the volunteer journey!' I was over the moon and so excited with no hesitation I booked my interview for the beginning of January at the Crystal in London.
January arrived quickly and I made the journey to London with my mum feeling extremely nervous and not sure what to expect. However, the whole experience was amazing and very inspiring. The interviewees were great and I thought just be yourself you can't do anymore than that. I finally received the email in mid April 'Congratulations! We are thrilled to announce that you have been successful in gaining a place on our Runner volunteer programme this summer.' I couldn't believe it as 15,000 people had applied with only 4,500 selected. I quickly accepted the role of Athlete Chaperone Team Member and booked my training event at Loughborough University in London for the beginning of June. The day was fantastic and I couldn't wait to get started.
The next trip involved uniform collection from the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in London so with mum and dad in tow we made the trip at the end of July to collect everything I needed. I wanted to share these experiences with my mum and dad as they have been so supportive with everything I have done throughout my life and thought it was the least I could do.
With 3 days to go before shift 1 of 5 I sit here writing this feeling nervous and unsure of what to expect. I also feel extremely privileged and honoured to have been given this opportunity even if my uniform is 2 sizes too big and makes me look like I have raided the fancy dress box. After all its not about what I look like its about the memories, experiences and making sure we do the best we can.