Colin?s game to be a volunteer twice



COLIN Forster was one of 15,000 enthusiastic volunteers at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne last month.

Mr Forster said it was a terrific experience and he would do it all over again.

"It was good fun, the volunteers are all very nice people, and we had a great time,'' Mr Forster said.

Mr Forster said the highlight of the games was the finish of the women's marathon.

"I knew it was going to be close, so I ducked inside to the break station and watched the finish on the TV,'' Mr Forster said.

He was given the role of a traffic and transport team leader where his main duty was to co-ordinate the eight other volunteers in his group.

"We hung around Flinders Street Station and Federation Square giving directions and helping people out,'' Mr Forster said. After Mr Forster applied as a volunteer over the internet, he got called in for an interview while on holidays in Melbourne in January.

"We spent a week in training before the games and then I spent two weeks volunteering during the games,'' Mr Forster said.

The once-in-a-lifetime experience came twice for Mr Forster, who also volunteered at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

"I probably got to see more events at the Olympics but the Commonwealth Games definitely had a more friendly vibe and everyone was having fun,'' Mr Forster said.

"I only got to watch the marathon and the cycling time trials, but they were great.



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