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Sports staff and graduate gearing up for Commonwealth Games

Four staff and a graduate from the School of Sport and Exercise Science will be playing key roles in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games

Danielle Kennedy, Mandy Newbold, Richard Pepperell, Debra Price and Dr Mark Corbett will all be volunteering as part of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

Four members of the School of Sport and Exercise Science, and a Sports Studies graduate, will play key roles as volunteers at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games being held in Birmingham in July and August.

Danielle Kennedy, who now works as an Interns in the Communications and External Affairs department, will be a Sport Equipment Team member for Netball based at the NEC Arena, where she will be working to ensure all players and staff have the equipment required and replenishing any when needed.

Mandy Newbold, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Sport Development and Coaching, is a Fleet Driver working out of the University of Birmingham providing transport support for one of the Commonwealth Games nations.  Mandy will be driving athletes, coaches, officials and other delegates between training, competition and accommodation venues across the city in one of the fleet of electric support vehicles.

Richard Pepperell, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for PE, is one of the Queen’s Baton Bearers and will be carrying the baton for one of the legs in Stratford upon Avon starting at 11.04 on Friday 22nd July.  Richard was nominated to carry the baton for his recent efforts raising money for various charities and for his work at Stratford upon Avon Rugby club.

Debra Price, Department Head for PE and Coaching, is a Village Team Experience member working in Park Regis Village which will host Cricket and Beach Volleyball Teams.  Debra will assist athletes during their downtime, including sharing information about workshops and activities, and ensuring areas are equipped with recreational resources they may need between competing.

Dr Mark Corbett, Lead Technician in the Motion and Performance Centre), is helping out as a Field of Play volunteer at the Triathlon in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield for 5 days between 27-31st July. He will also be one of the 300 volunteers supporting the Cycling time trial on the 4th August on roads around Wolverhampton. Mark will be responsible for keeping competition areas safe, controlling access and dealing with any incidents.

We wish them well with their roles and are looking forward to a fantastic games.

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