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Team Halcyon… Take your mark

23 March 2018 | by Halcyon

It's ‘Game on’ for Team Halcyon at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games with close to 30 home owners and staff joining the small army of volunteers helping the city to host its biggest ever sporting event.

Halcyon Waters couple Ian and Marilyn Pedersen are among about 20 home owners from the Hope Island community who are volunteering during the 11-day event.

They are right on the frontline with Marilyn based at the Games Village as an assistant to the team from the African nation of Botswana. Her duties involve accompanying the team to their events as well as to the opening and closing ceremonies.

“It’s really exciting, I’ve been reading up on Botswana,” Marilyn said prior to the Games.

Ian is one of 2000 fleet drivers who are ferrying Games officials to and from hotels, airports and venues in buses and other vehicles.

He is working 15 10-hour shifts while finding time to watch the basketball, swimming, bowls and beach volleyball.

“We’re always doing something for someone and that’s just the way we are,” Ian said of their decision to volunteer.

Landing’s Ken Daniels, 80, is working for five days at the triathlon event taking place at Broadwater Parklands in Southport, where he is screening people and checking their checking their accreditation as they enter.

Having been involved in athletics in some way over the past 40 years, Ken couldn’t resist a Commonwealth Games opportunity on his doorstep.

“It’s a great honour to be a part of the team, and to be amongst the 15,000 volunteers they chose from so many applicants,” he said.

Fellow Landing home owner Anne Keys, 71, said happy memories of taking her daughters to the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane had motivated her to volunteer for the 2018 Games.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” she said.

As a team leader at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, Anne is coordinating a group of up to 15 volunteers at the venue as it hosts weightlifting, powerlifting, badminton and wrestling.

She is working seven days across a 10-day period but will be watching the athletics with her grandsons.

“It’s a fairly big commitment, I’ve been back and forth to the Gold Coast half a dozen times, but it’s pretty exciting,” she said.

“I hope I come out of it thinking, ‘unbelievable, I’m so glad I’ve done that’.”

Doreen Morrison is one of two Halcyon Parks home owners who volunteered their time to help teams acclimatising and training on the Sunshine Coast just prior to the Games.

This is Doreen’s third volunteering stint at a Commonwealth Games, having helped at Glasgow in 2014 and Melbourne in 2006.

Halcyon’s helpers are among 15,000 volunteers selected for the 2018 Games from more than 47,000 applicants.

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