Volunteer forces honored as Commonwealth Video games heroes

Printed: Friday, 5 August 2022

Birmingham Metropolis Council chief Clare Ian Ward has known as the 14,000 Commonwealth Video games volunteers “the beating coronary heart of Birmingham 2022”.

Chief Clerk Ian Ward and Commander Sharon Thompson with Commonwealth Video games volunteers.

Referred to as the Commonwealth Collective, the military of volunteers of their distinctive orange and brown uniforms has turn out to be a well-recognized and extremely popular sight at sporting venues and throughout the town over the previous ten days.

And, with guests from the UK and the broader Commonwealth flooding Birmingham and the West Midlands, they’ve all been assured a heat welcome, thanks in no small half to volunteers who’ve a slew of duties together with package provider, driver, first is collection. Useful and greeting.

CLR Ward stated: “Volunteers Birmingham have been improbable ambassadors for the Commonwealth Video games and I can not thank them sufficient for the great approach they’ve welcomed athletes, officers and spectators to this metropolis space.

“The 2022 Commonwealth Video games is Birmingham’s greatest occasion up to now and might be talked about for a few years to return, so volunteers will at all times have a proud and hard-earned place in our metropolis’s historical past.

“I stated earlier than the Video games that the Commonwealth Video games, historically often known as the Pleasant Video games, would by no means come to a pleasant metropolis. At all times useful volunteers ought to go. What number of occasions have individuals advised me how nice the volunteers are, I’ve misplaced rely of it, and I agree — 100%. They have been superb.”

Along with indigenous volunteers, the Commonwealth Collective contains individuals from Australia, New Zealand, India, and even the non-Commonwealth nation of Finland.

CLR Ward stated: “They’re all honorary Bremis so far as I’m involved. They’ve prided themselves on the Metropolis of Birmingham and the Commonwealth Video games.”

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