As the dust settles on a remarkable Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, so the Bute volunteers who took part in the event can begin to reflect on their experience as part of “the best Games ever”.
Six of the island’s Highland dancers were enlisted for either the opening ceremony at Celtic Park or the closing ceremony at Hampden, along with Rothesay Primary School teacher Julie Henry, while local firefighter, community councillor and Scottish Water worker Henry Tait spent eight days as part of the first aid team at the National Hockey Centre at Glasgow Green.
Sarah Murdoch, Fiona Ross, Nile McMillan, Robyn Horsburgh, Kirsty Barrett, Jenna Speirs and Anne McGhie were all part of the 15,000-strong army of volunteers described by Lord Smith of Kelvin at Sunday’s closing ceremony as the “lifeblood” of the Games.
Robyn, whose duties included acting as a sports presentation runner for the diving competition at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh, posted several pictures on her Facebook page with participants including Scotland’s Grace Reid and England gold medallist Tom Daley.
Writing on her page, Robyn said: “Trying to explain my experience in words as a volunteer Sports Presentation Runner is hard! I had such an amazing time! An opportunity that I would have been stupid to miss!
“Thankful to my lecturer Andrea for giving me a great reference and the push to do it, to the people I have met in the job, thank you for welcoming me and letting me experience the great work you do! Being able to stand inches away from some of the world’s best divers, coaches and team staff was amazing!”
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