Fascinating games

Hundreds of student volunteers support the success of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games

(lr) Shenomi Rupasinga, Abigail Edwards, Eliza Ball, Cully McDermid, Gabriella Drysdale-Reid, Semilore Adebayo, Hannah Alderson, Aastha Popawala, Meera Ramamurthy, Ellen Murgatroyd.

From field assistance and first aid to stage construction and athlete support to social media, students from 9 of our local universities have offered their expert skills to ensure the Commonwealth Games of this year are the pride of Birmingham.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “Hosting the Commonwealth has been a huge collective effort which has shown the best of good citizenship across our region. I pay special tribute to the contribution of our students. Their effort to support the events with their time and commitment is truly remarkable and I thank them for that.

Andrew Newman, Director of Workforce and Volunteering for Birmingham 2022, said: “The Commonwealth Collective has been instrumental in making the Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022 a reality and every volunteer, whatever their role , made a huge contribution and ensured that all of our viewers had a fantastic experience. We would like to thank all the students from universities and colleges in the West Midlands for their support of the Games.

Hosting the Commonwealth was a huge collective effort that showed the best of good citizenship across our region.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands

Here is what student volunteers had to say about their experiences:

Shenomi Rupasinghe
Birmingham University College
Student in Management of International Tourism Companies
Role: Media Content Collector, Team Scotland Digital

“The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games was an amazing opportunity and I loved every moment of it. The office atmosphere I felt during my role with Team Scotland was an eye opener. at 23 years old that I could appreciate such a role. I am now considering a career in this field.

Abigail Edwards
Birmingham University College
Student in Hospitality and Events
Role: Games Venue Infrastructure/Keys to the City Support (Birmingham 2022 Festival)

“I am very grateful for the opportunities the Commonwealth Games have given me. I was able to experience a variety of different areas within the event industry during my internship year. But most of all, I enjoyed the community atmosphere the Games brought to Birmingham and all the amazing people I met along the way.

Elisa Ball
Recent graduate, University of Birmingham
Role: Athletes Village Entertainment Center

“As a member of the University of Warwick Athletes Village Entertainment Center volunteer team, I played games with the athletes throughout the day. I got to see different activities including the New Zealand team playing the haka which was awesome.

Cully McDermid
Birmingham University College
Global Event Management Student
Role: Media Content Collector, Team Scotland Digital

“My Games experience has been amazing. It was fascinating to see how social media and the website work behind the scenes and it gave me some insight into that side of events. I really liked it. It has been really fun and special to experience all the successes of Team Scotland and I have gained a lot of valuable knowledge. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity.

gabriel Drysdale-Reid
Birmingham University College
Adult nursing student
Role: Staff Holder

“I was nominated by my university to be a flag bearer. It was an amazing experience as I was warmly welcomed by the town of Market Bosworth and had all my family and friends there, waving at me. and encouraging myself and the local community and other stick bearers. Being able to share stories and hear what others were nominated for was inspiring and it was great to share this unique experience with them. I met many local personalities, including the mayor, and even had an interview with BBC Radio Leicester. Birmingham 2022 will go down in history and I won’t forget it.”

Semilore Adebayo
Trauma student at the University of Birmingham
Role: First Responder

“As a first responder, I attended to all medical needs, from sunscreen to repairing scrapes and bumps, putting members of the public at ease. Besides helping to keep people safe, seeing the opening ceremony was amazing. It was so great to see him live after rehearsals.

Hannah Alderson
Physiotherapy student at the University of Birmingham
Role: Physiotherapist

“As a student, there aren’t many times when you’re presented with such an unreal opportunity – the Commonwealth Games were the experience of a lifetime. We were able to develop our skills while engaging with an array of amazing performers, from professional dancers to puppeteers, experiencing such a variety of roles within physiotherapy. I never imagined treating a patient like a 10 meter bull walking around.

Aastha Popawala
Aston University
MSc Strategy and International Trade
Role: Member of the EVS team (Event Service Manager)
“I am so happy and proud to be part of the Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am very lucky to have been able to contribute and witness something so amazing.

Meera Ramamurthy
Aston University
MSc Commerce and Management
Role: Event Services, Team Member, General

“I chose to volunteer at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games to gain the wonderful experience of the spirit of the city and its people. Also, this is my first time volunteering and being at the games is the best opportunity to launch my volunteer journey.

“To be an international postgraduate student in Birmingham, at a time like this, is the luckiest a student can have. Being part of the volunteer collective has been the most wonderful experience so far. Meeting many volunteers from different backgrounds, interacting with them was the most exciting part of the trip.

Ellen Murgatroyd
Dental student at the University of Birmingham
Role: Chairman of the resuscitation committee for medical disciplines and oral health advisor at the Athletes’ Village

“As Chair of the Resuscitation Committee for Medical Disciplines, I helped teach volunteers acting as first responders, refresh their skills and issue certificates. It was great to be involved in a unique experience to meet lots of new people and provide expert support. I loved working with the athletes and was even recognized as an “oral health girl” outside of my position.