Lisa Blythman-Wood

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Lisa feels volunteering has improved her work/life balance
Lisa feels volunteering has improved her work/life balance

“Giving back had made me a better human being”

You probably haven’t given a second thought to how the athletes get from their accommodation to their venues during an Olympic or Paralympic Games. But one of our Legacy Volunteers, Lisa Blythman-Wood thinks of nothing else.

Following on from her time as a Games Maker at the Paralympic Games in London, Lisa is now volunteering in Rio. She has reprised her role with the Transport Team in the athlete’s village and is loving every minute of it.

“It has been another hot day in Rio with little or no breeze, if only this had remained the same for the whole day.

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Behind the scenes at BBC Sports Personality

This year BBC Sports Personality of the Year invited 500 volunteers from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles to attend the awards. Join In volunteer Lisa Blythman-Wood was one of the lucky Clyde-siders invited to the star-studded event in Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.

I have watched the BBC Sports Personality of Year for years, voting for my favourite sportsmen and women, cheering on my fellow Games Makers in 2012. But, this year was going to be so very different.

For once I didn’t have to spend hours deciding what to wear, it was simply going to be my distinct Games-time red and grey uniform with a little added sparkle. Putting it on always made me feel proud and honoured. It gives everyone the license to say hello, ask me to be an impromptu photographer and for strangers to talk to me on the train.

I boarded my flight to Glasgow on Sunday and quickly realised the plane was packed with sporting elite. Sitting next to Gary Street (head coach of the England Women’s rugby team), in the same row as Paul Vice (awarded the Military Cross and medalist at the Invictus Games), Jonny Wilkinson behind me and the Women’s Rugby World Cup winners (about to be Team of Year) in front of me, I knew that the evening’s celebration was going to magical. (more…)