Pan Am Games; Brenda’s first day as a volunteer

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Brenda is the Head Coach to the Queen’s University Mens Volleyball Team in Ontario, Canada.  Her career has spanned 40 years and in that time she has won many Championships, has an incredible win-loss record and was inducted into the Kingston & District Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

 Brenda is volunteering at the Pan Am Games 2015 which is being held in her home Country Canada.  She will be spending most her in the Exhibition Centre to support the Volleyball.  

 Below, Brenda shares with us her first steps of beginning her adventure as a Pan Am Games volunteer

“Now that the opening ceremonies of the 2015 PanAm Games are over and the first medals have

I rolled into Toronto and have been delighted by the smoothness of everything so far.   In  a sea of Spanish-speaking guests the hotel agent flipped languages and greeted me with a huge smile.   When I identified myself and the fact that I was with the games, she immediately said in a high-pitched voice welcome to the games!   She explained everything from parking to the meals in the hotel, and then I was on my way three suitcases in tow; time to find my room.  There were four sets of elevators coded by color aside from the parking garage elevator. Once I found the green elevators it was easy to find my room and 30 minutes later I was fully settled.

With nothing to do until the next morning, I decided to hit the pool.  It was a great decision!   The water was lovely and I followed it up with a hot tub and a stretch and went to bed in order to be well rested for my Monday morning training.

Up at 7:30, breakfast at 8:15, shuttle at 9:10.  Arrived at in plenty of time for check in and training which was to begin at 10am.  Check in included a full body scan and a security check of my bag and the emptying of my water bottle. Apparently no outside liquids are allowed.   Beyond that, it went flawlessly and I arrived in lots of time.  Unfortunately our lead trainer did not and we’ve been sitting and waiting for about 30 minutes watching the American women practice.

On check-in, I was provided with the meal ticket which will be offered in the volunteer lounge between 11 and two.    My shift ends at five so I’ll be taking the shuttle back and then on my own for dinner afterwards. I’m thinking the pool is a good option again tonight.   Training will begin shortly so I’ll sign off for now.

Enjoy the games!”

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