Volunteering at the UCI World Championships

Written by Andy Fraser

At RDSi we fervently believe that we are all citizens and as such we do as much as we can to contribute to and protect the world in which we live.  At a company level we have partnerships with Food Cycle and Friends of the Earth. And as individuals we strive to have positive impact and support the things that matter to us.  This week, sports nut Andy Fraser recounts his experience supporting world championship and Paralympic cyclists in Yorkshire.

I spent two days volunteering at the event, and along with a group of other volunteers supported the Yorkshire 2019 team to deliver a smooth and world class event. It was a busy couple of days, in which I carried out a vast number of different roles, from being a removal man, acting as a security guard checking accreditations, helping the public find their way, ensuring athletes got to the starting line on time and generally getting ‘stuck in’ to help make sure the event was a huge success!

One day was spent in the local market town of Wetherby where one of the para-cycling international races set off from. There was a key moment I felt summed up how integral volunteers are to an event like… I went from chatting to a Swedish Paralympian – explaining how he’ll get to the start, what to expect and generally chatting about how we was feeling about the race… to a few seconds later, being asked (easily the most often asked question of the day) where can I find a toilet?!

Having volunteered at multiple sporting events over the years, it’s often long days and lots of time on your feet but to say you’ve been a part of one of the biggest cycling events in the world is a great feeling and hugely emotionally rewarding!

I’d encourage anyone to look for opportunities to give up some of their time for the benefit of others, however small!