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Volunteer in Focus – Lindsay Mahood

Lindsay Mahood

Where do you live?

Dalmarnock, Glasgow.

Are people in Dalmarnock excited about Glasgow 2014?

They are very excited.

Is this the first time you’ve volunteered?

No, in 2008 I volunteered for the World Firefighter Games in Liverpool. I’ve also worked with several local groups.

What’s your best memory from the World Firefighter Games?

Seeing everyone come together and get on well was amazing.

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

You get so much satisfaction from volunteering. For people new to it, be prepared to work hard, but take away a lifetime of memories.

What are you most looking forward to about the Games?

Living close to it, I’m looking forward to seeing how the area changes. I’m also looking forward to seeing all the competitors.

Do you have a sporting hero?

Sir Chris Hoy.

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

1. Asafa Powell – would love to ask him what it’s like to have broken the 10 second barrier legally more times than anyone else (he has done it 80 times).

2. Sir Chris Hoy – would like to ask him if he ever still rides a BMX.

3. Ian Thorpe -- would ask him if he could teach me to be a stronger swimmer (I didn't learn till I was 12).

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

Anything with a bike in it.

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

I would have loved to have been at the first Olympic Games because it was the start of something great and continues to be to this day.

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

Pure dead brilliant.

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