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Volunteer – Grace

A regular team member for British Wheelchair Basketball from volunteering at ‘Game On’ at Sheffield pre-London 2012 to supporting the team at the 2015 Europeans hosted in Worcester, to taking the position as Court Manager at British Wheelchair Basketball events.

What roles have you undertaken as a volunteer?

Court Manager/Commissioner at School Games, Team Liaison for Continental Clash, Court Manager at Schools Finals and other BWB tournaments

Why do you choose to volunteer for British Wheelchair Basketball?

Team work and taking part in wheelchair basketball events to keep in touch with the rapid changes of the game.  To support our national teams from Juniors to Seniors and catching up with fellow officials.  More recently and due to an injury I can still take part in a game that I love by volunteering.

What is your favourite aspect of volunteering?

Working with different people from various backgrounds, creating special bonds.  Making connections and friendships whilst being able to ‘give back’.

What skills do you need to be a volunteer?

The ability to embrace the sport and work as a Team.  Flexibility, patience and time plus communication skills.

What skills has volunteering helped you develop?

Leadership, helping those who are new to volunteering make the best of what they are good at. The ability to plan and prioritise (time management), improving my interpersonal and communication skills in particular, when working alongside international teams. Organisational skills and strong teamwork.

What advice would you give to anyone thinking about volunteering?

Do as much or as little volunteering as you wish and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy because you never know where it may take you!

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