Fantastic friendly experience for Brigg Clydesider Helen

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A Brigg woman is settling in back home after spending an exciting few weeks north of the border.

Helen Cresswell described her volunteer role as one of the 15,000 Clydesiders at the 
Commonwealth Games as 
“absolutely fantastic.”

But unlike most of the band of volunteers for the two weeks of the games, Helen was based in Edinburgh, not in Glasgow where the vast majority of the events took place.

Helen was on duty at the diving events.

“Yes I stood just 50 metres from Tom Daley on the poolside,” she recalled as a highlight.

Her main role though was to help spectators get to their venue.

“I had a big green hand to get people to do high fives and point them in the right direction,” she said.

“We also did some Scottish dancing and performed ‘Singing in the Rain’ with an umbrella.

“It was so great to be part of the big festival.

“As spectators left we wished everyone a safe journey home and said we would see them in the Gold Coast in Australia for the next games in 2018.

But Helen is no stranger to international sporting events such as this.

She was also an ambassador at the London Olympics in 2012 and is now certainly even more experienced after her time at the ‘Friendly Games’ in Scotland.

She also managed to get over to Glasgow to watch the sporting events there.

And the former PE teacher at Sir John Nelthorpe School and Brigg hockey player and umpire has not given up the idea of the Gold Coast either.

“Now that would be something else, wouldn’t it?” she added.