Volunteer returns from Games with wealth of knowledge
WITH the dust finally settling on the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, thousands of volunteers from across the country are nestling back into normal life.
One of those volunteers is FKG's Tania Marshall, who spent the majority of the event assisting in venue management at the chaotic Gold Coast Convention Centre.
Mrs Marshall specialised in venue communications and said to be involved in such a large-scale event was eye opening.
"It was slightly different to what I was expecting, but I really enjoyed what I did,” Mrs Marshall said.
"Basically we were monitoring radio communications within the convention centre so that we could assist with solving problems, making sure the event ran smoothly and making sure people knew what was happening and when it was happening.”
Mrs Marshall has vast experience in assisting community groups in Dalby and relished the opportunity to upgrade a multitude of skills.
"Things like radio protocol I had been familiar with before, but it was a good refresher on that. We also did data recording, information management and problem solving - so nothing new but just refining skills.
"I'm heavily involved in the Delicious and Delightful festival, so the skill set I've refined at the Games I'll be able to use in assisting that event as well.”
The Dalby Chamber of Commerce secretary noted that aside from the professional learning side of the event, her inner sports fan also had a great time.
"I was able to see a fair bit of netball, I was able to see the Australian team and New Zealand team play. I also got to see some of the swimming finals at another venue, which was exciting,” Mrs Marshall said.
"I'd certainly do a similar thing in the future. I hadn't been involved with an event as big as that.”