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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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Chris and his fellow volunteers at the Wheelchair tennis
Chris and his fellow volunteers at the Wheelchair tennis

Volunteering at the Rio Paralympics

Join In Legacy Volunteer Chris Thorn loved lending a hand at the Olympics in Rio – now he’s helping out at the Paralympics.

“It’s the Paralympics Opening Ceremony tonight and after two full days of intensive training by Omega’s Josh and Hannah (the best Floridian double act since Mickey and Minnie), I can’t wait to start on Friday – as a Caller in the statistics and technology team at the wheelchair tennis.

If we are scheduled to work in the two big show courts, there will be three of us up in the rafters in a little box – one on radar, one caller, one stats input. It will be our job to activate the service speed gun and to mark the direction of the serve that you see on TV graphics (wide, body or centre) for commentators, coaches, athletes and fans to analyse the game.

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I AM TEAM GB is a golden opportunity for every local sports club and activity group to open their doors and welcome new members and supporters.
I AM TEAM GB is a golden opportunity for every local sports club and activity group to open their doors and welcome new members and supporters.

Join In with I AM TEAM GB

Curious about who’s behind I AM TEAM GB? Read on to find out more…

What is I AM TEAM GB?

I AM TEAM GB↑ is inviting the Great British public to get out and get active on Saturday 27 August. We’re looking for thousands of clubs to open their doors to new participants and inspire the UK to take part in sport. Olympians, fresh from Rio 2016 Olympic Games, will be attending events across the nation, giving the public the opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with Team GB.

If you’re a club, event or sports group that’s not already part of Join In, create a profile to host your event.

If you’ve already got a Join In Club Profile, login and add your I AM TEAM GB event. (more…)

Tanni Grey-Thompson lends a hand at her daughter's canoe club.

Tanni Grey-Thompson gets involved

She’s won 16 Paralympic medals and the London Marathon six times, been appointed Dame of the British Empire, and served in Parliament. Oh, and she also moonlights as a canoe club volunteer.

At Join In, we admire people who don’t just stand on the sidelines and talk a good game. We appreciate those who roll their sleeves up and make a difference. Paralympic hero Tanni-Grey Thompson has been doing just this by lending a hand at Lower Wharfe Canoe Club. We caught up with Tanni and fellow volunteer Chris Kevane to get an insight into some of their inspirational work.

The Lower Wharfe Canoe Club is a family orientated club, with a base at Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool and Bishopthorpe on the River Ouse. The club has members of all ages and abilities and teaches canoeing and kayaking all the way up to international level, with its most successful paddlers going on to compete for Team GB. (more…)

Remap engineers help make sport more accessible to all.

Designing for disabled athletes

Engineers. Artisans. Designer-makers. Peter Vielvoye joined them to make a difference in disability sport.

Peter Vielvoye happened across a notice in a local magazine. It asked for those with workshop experience to help disabled people lead more independent lives.

For the recently retired Design and Technology teacher, it was perfect. He would join 15 other engineers on Remap’s Gloucestershire panel in designing and tailoring equipment to fit individual needs.

The process is straightforward. People from the community send their requests and one of the charity’s engineers solves the problem. These innovations span the breadth of the imagination from a wheelchair with reversing mirrors, to an easy-to-use electronic toy switch for a child with cerebral palsy. For Peter Vielvoye, it involved creating the Throwster. (more…)

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Jacky at the Paralympic Games

Volunteering showed that “I could do anything…”

Volunteering changed Jacky Kirwan’s life. It boosted both her confidence and sense of wellbeing. She shares her story. 

“I was lucky enough to be part of the London 2012 Olympics and managed the last few days of the Paralympics. It was an amazing experience that I’ll never forget, as it changed my life.

I was stuck in a job that I was so unhappy in, but being part of something bigger than me brought my confidence back. It showed that I could do anything. From meeting the fans and other volunteers, it brought back a passion to help others – not for the praise, but to bring me back to me.

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Help ParalympicsGB excel at Rio2016.

British Paralympic campaign receives stellar support

Eddie Izzard and Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson are two of four ambassadors supporting the latest fundraising campaign launched by the British Paralympic Association↑. Members of the public are asked to help Supercharge Paralympics GB by generating support and donating funds.

Repeating the success of London 2012 won’t be easy, especially with the next two Olympic and Paralympic Games far away from home soil. It will be more challenging and expensive, and while the Paralympians get funding from the National Lottery and UK Sport, theses athletes often require extras, such as special mattresses.

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Christian Malcolm does his bit for the #BigHelpOut.

Christian Malcolm Q&A

Linford Christie, coaching heroes and mental strength. We caught up with World Championship medal-winning athlete Christian Malcolm for a chat.

What do you miss most about competing?

I miss being in the big arena – the competition, the rivalry and testing myself against the best in the world. For me that’s all I ever lived and breathed – to be at the major championships, to be in those finals competing for medals.

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Stephanie Slater will be swimming for Olympic gold in Rio 2016.

From Games Maker to gold medal hopeful

When Olympic hopeful Stephanie Slater lost the use of her arm, she thought she would never swim again; but her experience as a London 2012 Games Maker inspired her to get back in the pool.

Four years ago, Stephanie Slater was one of Team GB’s swimming hopefuls, a prospect for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the London 2012 Games.

But at the tender age of 20, Stephanie’s swimming career looked destined for a premature end when she suffered unexplained nerve damage during a training session and lost the use of her left arm.

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