Former KGGS Head Girl Laura Graves has just returned from two weeks volunteering as a Clydesider at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Laura was one of 50,000 people who applied to be a volunteer at the Games and was selected as one of the 15,000 Clydesiders who had to attend multiple training sessions, as well as collecting her uniform and accreditation.
Laura, 18, spent the two weeks camping in the Greater Glasgow town of Uddingston, a campsite for volunteers and spectators on the town’s rugby pitches. She worked in the Sport Competition Functional Area at the Emirates Arena, as a Field of Play Team Member for the badminton. Over the 11 days of competition, Laura worked seven shifts as a court mopper. As a keen badminton player and coach, this was a fantastic role for Laura, as she got to sit on the edge of court with the line judges watching the world class play. Her role was to go onto court at intervals in the games to mop the courts and make sure there was no sweat to slip on!
Laura met some of the players, including gold medallists Chris and Gabby Adcock and also got tickets to watch the Opening Ceremony Rehearsal and on her days off she could soak up the atmosphere in and around Glasgow.
Laura said “It was a fantastic experience and something I will remember for the rest of my life. It has been great to be part of something so big, and I have made friends and memories I will never forget. I was made to feel so welcome by everyone in Glasgow and it was just great fun.
“The past two weeks have been a real confidence boost for starting university next month, as going into an unknown place where you do not know anyone is a big part of uni.”
Laura is awaiting her A-level results, and she hopes to study Sport Science with Management at Loughborough University.