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Sport Student Secures Opportunity of a Lifetime Handing out Olympic Medals

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A Sports Coaching Science student at the University of Worcester will have the prestigious job of handing out medals to the World’s top athletes at the Olympics and Paralympics this summer.

Alex Donaldson has been selected as one of only a handful of volunteers to be a medals bearer. He will come face-to-face with the World’s top athletes at the Olympic stadium for nine days of athletics, and then will hand out medals at Earls Court for the volleyball, and at North Greenwich stadium for the wheelchair basketball.

“It is a huge privilege to be selected as a medals bearer,” said the 21-year-old. “I’m extremely excited. I will be rubbing shoulders with the World’s top sports people handing out their medals – what a huge honour.”

Alex had to apply online before being invited to an interview for the position.

“I was made aware of the application process by sports lecturers at the University so I thought I would give it a go,” he said. “I was totally over-whelmed when I found out.”

Alex is currently in his final year at University and volunteers with numerous sports organisations and charities, including Worcester Blind Football Club, Worcester Wheelchair Basketball, and Worcester Snoezelen – a charity for people with severe learning disabilities. He is also an ambassador of the Sport Makers initiative, encouraging people to continue their participation in sport.

Alex is currently one of five University students being employed as a coach at Bristol Rovers FC as well as working at the University Sports Centre. “Sport is a huge passion for me and I hope to pursue a career in coaching or development,” Alex said. “Volunteering at the Olympics and Paralympics is another string to my bow and will hopefully stand me in good stead when I’m job hunting, as well as just being an amazing experience for me.”

David Mycock, Sports Coaching Science lecturer at the University, who is also the coach of the Great Britain Blind Football team and Head Coach of Worcester Blind Football Club, said: “The fact that Alex has been selected as a medal bearer is testament to his dedication and passion for sport and helping other people.

“He is a talented young coach and this experience will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for him.”