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Volunteer in Focus – Joe Manclark

Joe Manclark

What's your occupation?

Primary School Teacher.

Where do you live?

Margate, Kent.

Are people in Margate excited about Glasgow 2014?

Most people I know have the Olympics and Paralympics “bug” and are looking forward to the next big sporting event. I keep telling them not to worry about the World Cup in 2014 and keep an eye on what is happening closer to home.

Have you volunteered before?

Yes, at the London 2012 Games. I was a Photo Team member at the Velodrome.

What’s your best volunteering memory?

Far too many to mention, but being hugged by a spectator after GB won the men’s Team Pursuit final was the first of many surreal moments during the summer of 2012. The general feeling of goodwill and happiness from everyone whilst travelling to and from the Olympic Park was something special and working on the medal ceremonies was something I really wasn't expecting to do. It was amazing rubbing shoulders with the athletes and coaching staff in the field of play – even if I did nearly knock over Australian cricket legend Steve Waugh in a photographers’ scrum!

What have you learned from volunteering?

That giving your own precious time to be part of something special is the best therapy that anyone would ever need to overcome the stresses and strains of normal everyday life. I wish I could do it more. Having three young children and a stressful, time-consuming job limits my opportunities, but it always feels good if I can help out at my local cycling club.

Are you planning to volunteer at Glasgow 2014?

You bet.

If so, what are you most looking forward to?

Returning to the home city of my father – a place where I have many happy childhood memories.

How would you give the friendliest welcome to people at the Games?

A simple smile – always works.

Which sports star would you most like to see the Games?

Sir Chris Hoy and Anna Meares.

Which venue would you most like to be stationed at as a volunteer?

The Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome – nowhere else generates as much noise and excitement.

Which sporting competition are you most looking forward to seeing at the Games?

Any of the Cycling disciplines and the Rugby Sevens is always exciting.

In one sentence, why should people volunteer at Glasgow 2014?

World class sport, the best city in the world and the friendliest people – what more would you want?

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