Volunteering at Glasgow Games

Clyde-Sider Pam Burford holding the Baton
Clyde-Sider Pam Burford holding the Baton

An Admin assistant for Luton Borough Council’s Education Welfare Service was so inspired by the 2012 Olympics that she wanted to volunteer at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Pam Burford is one of 15,000 volunteers, they are known as Clyde-Sliders, this comes from the success of the official Glasgow 2014 mascot, Clyde.

She said: “During the Olympic Games 2012, I was initially quite uninterested. I just decided one day to watch the Games and ended up being on the edge of my seat.

“I felt compelled to be a part of it and attended the last day of the Olympics. The atmosphere was electric, and for the first time in my life I felt incredibly patriotic.

“The day was made all the better as the Games Maker volunteers were just so lovely and helpful, so when I saw the Commonwealth Games were looking for volunteers I applied straight away. I just wished to be a part of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

“On my first day I was able to hold the Commonwealth baton, and also the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Volunteering at the Commonwealth Games is something I will treasure for the rest of my life!”

Her role is to provide security passes for athletes, officials, the media and other volunteers.