HUNDREDS of volunteers have reported for duty as the final countdown begins to next week’s Commonwealth Games.
The “Clyde-siders” arrived at the venues where they will be based this week, with thousands more due to begin work between now and the start of the event next Wednesday.
In total, 50,811 people from across the UK and beyond applied for up to 15,000 posts as volunteers with Glasgow 2014.
Their roles range from spectator services, press operations and anti-doping, to protocol and transport.
As well as providing support for the Games at sports venues and the athletes village, Clyde-siders will also be at Glasgow Airport meeting and greeting athletes and dignitaries as they arrive.
Lord Smith of Kelvin, chairman of Glasgow 2014, said: “The thousands of volunteers who are giving up their time and commitment to become Clyde-siders are the people who will make these Games great.
“They are the friendly faces of the Games, the first point of contact for many athletes, spectators and visitors.
“It is great to see them arriving to take up their duties and I hope every one of them enjoys fully the experience of being part of the Commonwealth Games.”
All the volunteers have completed several days of training before taking up their posts.
They will each carry out a minimum of eight shifts over a three-week period, although some will do more.
One of the Clyde-siders is Kate Kenyon, from Aberdeen, who has not let health problems deter her from taking part.
The 22-year-old is waiting for a kidney transplant after contracting e.coli as a child and suffering chronic renal failure.
But she was determined to become a volunteer and organised for her dialysis to be carried out at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
She said: “I was so keen to become a volunteer at the Commonwealth Games and I’m really looking forward to being part of the excitement and buzz. It will be such a great experience.”
Kristine Johnson, who was born in Glasgow and studied there but now lives in Dollar, Clackmannanshire, is chief human resources officer at Stirling Council.
She has been volunteering one or two days a week since April in the uniform team at Kelvin Hall.
The 44-year-old said: “I am thoroughly enjoying volunteering for the Games. Everyone I have met is full of enthusiasm for the events ahead.
“In uniforms I have gained a greater appreciation of what is involved in staging this event, meeting all the different roles which will make the Games happen - drivers, medical staff, spectator services, Games village staff, media and press and chaplains to name a few.
“Everywhere is buzzing. There’s much excitement ahead.”