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Volunteer in Focus – Chris Coates

Chris Coates

Where do you live?

Lochgilphead, Argyll and Bute.

Are people in Lochgilphead excited about Glasgow 2014?

Yes, I would say they are. Other people my age have applied to volunteer and they all seem really keen to be chosen.

Is this the first time you’ve volunteered?

No, I've volunteered at different local charities and care homes.

What’s your best volunteering memory?

I wouldn’t say I have one particular best memory – just the experience as a whole of being able to help people.

What have you learnt from volunteering and do you have any advice for people joining in for the first time?

I’ve learnt a lot about different people, which has allowed me to develop my people skills. For people joining in for the first time, I would just say enjoy it and embrace it as much as possible because it will no doubt be a valuable experience.

What are you most looking forward to about the Games?

The Opening Ceremony - to see what kind of show Scotland has prepared.

Do you have a sporting hero?

Usain Bolt.

Which three Commonwealth sports stars would you invite to a dinner and why?

Usain Bolt, his personality would make for an interesting meal, Chris Hoy because he's a national hero and Louis Smith just because he’s such a phenomenal athlete.

Which sporting competition can’t you wait to see at the Games?

The Athletics100m Final.

If you could have been a volunteer at any event in history, which would you pick and why?

London 2012 when Jessica Ennis won the Heptathlon because the atmosphere inside the stadium looked unbelievable.

Can you sum up what you think Glasgow 2014 will be like in three words?

Scotland's huge success!

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