Volunteers’ Week from 1-7 June gives us a chance to say thank you and recognise volunteers on the front line and behind the scenes.
On day five of Volunteers week Nicky shares her experience of volunteering as a Tri-Maker.
"I decided to become a Tri-Maker after getting involved in various other volunteering roles in my home county of Yorkshire. I have been a Tour Maker every year for the Tour de Yorkshire since the Tour de France came to Yorkshire in 2014. I was also involved in helping at the 2013 Rugby World Cup in Leeds. I really enjoying working as part of a team and assisting in making an event the best that it can be!
The best part of being a Tri-Maker is the community engagement. It's an important role that ensures all spectators have access to event information by distributing promotional materials. I really like speaking to people and the feedback is always positive when you are giving much welcomed information about event day. For most people, they want to know which athletes are involved and where they can get the best view. Families also really appreciate the free flags and banners for their children. Being a Tri-Maker is also a great way to make new friends with people who are also giving up their time to be part of the Tri-Maker team.
It's great to be involved in a fantastic sporting event that the world is watching on their TV screens! It's a nice feeling to wear a branded t-shirt that makes you feel part of the event. Any volunteering jobs that you get involved in always look great on your CV and who know where that could lead to! Taking on something new can be a real challenge but can also be great fun so why not give it a go!?
There are a variety of roles that you can get involved in as a Tri-Maker. You may be asked to hand out water to athletes along the route, distribute guides to spectators, act as a crossing marshal, hand out flags and other 'freebies' or assist with VIP guests. If there is a specific role that you would like to do this is usually accommodated to ensure everyone is happy during the event."
Thank you Nicky for all you do for our sport!
As everybody within sport knows, the help given by volunteers is invaluable. Take a look at our Volunteers and Technical Officials pages where you can find out more about how to get involved in volunteering and the responsibilities of your role, keep up to date with any important issues concerning volunteers and hear about any new initiatives of which you should be aware.