Kim’s volunteering continues
Kim Lucas is proving that volunteering can take you places. She’s been to two Olympic Games and one Commonwealth Games - quite an achievement for a finance and human resources manager from Auckland’s Grey Lynn, especially when she did not attend to compete. Lucas, 58, has been volunteering for more than half her life. This began following advice from her dad, who told her to grab any opportunity to help out. ‘‘Volunteering has opened doors to experiences I would never have had otherwise, it gets you involved. ‘‘It can fuel a passion and give you a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.’’ Lucas first volunteered in 1974 while still in school. She coached the junior basketball team and the boys cricket team. Since then, she has volunteered at a number of basketball events. ‘‘My involvement in basketball has taken many forms – fully unpaid volunteer roles, honorarium payments and paid positions over the years. Lucas will be one of thousands of volunteers that will be a part of the 2017 World Masters Games in Auckland. The largest sporting event in New Zealand since the Cricket World Cup, the games will be held over 10 days and will attract 25,000 competitors across 28 sports. ‘‘Volunteering for the World Masters Games is a return-to-thefold experience for me. ‘‘I see this as an opportunity to re-engage with a sport I love.’’
Kim Lucas began volunteering at 17 years old.