Meet Jen, a volunteer for most of her life, with the latest chapter of her journey taking her to the 2023 UCI Cycling Worlds - will you join her?
Meet Jen, a volunteer since her teens, who started her journey by organising her local badminton group and who will now join us at the biggest cycling event ever!
No stranger to life on two wheels, discover Jen's volunteer story. Inspired to join Jen and the 1,000s of other volunteers this August?
How did you get involved with volunteering?
I have volunteered for many different types of events during my adult life. Usually I volunteer for things which I have an interest in and am passionate about. But it's not just sports, I've also volunteered for not only helping with events but also as part of the committee structure of various organisations.
What was your first volunteer experience?
My first volunteering experience was in my teens 40 years ago when I helped organise the village badminton club. I'm a lifelong volunteer!
How has volunteering positively impacted your life?
The best way to describe the impact it has had on my life is that massive sense of achievement volunteering has given me.
Through the various roles I've been lucky to hold, it's given me great pleasure to give my time and to see others enjoyment and participation as a result. I'd recommend volunteering to anyone!
What has been your favourite volunteer experience?
My favourite volunteering experience was when I was involved with a local gymnastics club.
We organised a school gymnastics competition and I got a lot of satisfaction from watching all the children participate. It was extra special for me as for some this was the first opportunity to experience the competition aspect of sport.
Why are you looking forward to the 2023 UCI World Champs?
I'm a passionate cyclist and I'm so excited by the prospect of having all 13 UCI World Championships together in a public event - this will be a huge opportunity to showcase the sport to Scotland, the UK and the world!
I hope this encourages people to keep cycling, take up cycling or come back to cycling after being inspired by the riders this August!
What event are you most excited about?
I can't wait for the road cycling - it's going to be amazing!