It’s the first time I helped around the pool in preparation of a competition and it’s an eye opener how much work and effort goes into hosting an international event.
I arrived on Thursday evening for my induction.
For many, helping at the Aquatic Centre was a first time experience, but since I am there at least twice a week and we used to train there almost daily, I felt relaxed about the vicinity. Some people were amazed to learn that I am not officiating but I do not have the para swimming specific qualification yet.
The place looked like a building site. But it must be emphasized how genius the preparations for the event are. Many Better members were quite annoyed for the pool being closed for so long and I can confirm that my local pool is over-filled with swimmers who are normally at the LAC. You can see the 50 and 150 m start end and medal presentation area being prepared.
Our team leader Nicole held an inducation talk on the spectator seats.
All prep and competition volunteers at and listened and were amazed by the atmosphere.
The Para World Championships will be an extraordinary event.
Yesterday was my first shift, I got the kit. This is me after the shift. I supplied various athlete preparation areas with bottled water, which is really necessary. I carried numerous packs of 12 bottles around the vicinity. Great, exercise that definitely has superb fitness potential.
I cleaned up around the pool and helped athletes who were new to the pool find their way around. I saw athletes from Russia, Sweden Myammar, Spain, Japan, China, Great Britain, just to name a few.
It is extremely useful, for me as official also to experience the preparation of an event. Just having the knowledge of the official and sporting side of things helped immensely to be able to comprehend situation.
Whilst we are a sporting family Madison is off to the London Region Aquatic conference today, held in Hammersmith.
Madison just loves swimming and helping her fellow swimmers excel in the sport.
She’ll take part in workshops and talks held by fantastic coaches from the sport of swimming.