Ger­ard at the heart of the Com­mon­wealth Games ac­tion

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - By GEOFF MANN

A TEACHER from Dubbo School of Dis­tance Ed­u­ca­tion is one of thou­sands of Aus­tralians who have vol­un­teered for the Com­mon­wealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Ger­ard Hart is ex­pand­ing his own learn­ing through his par­tic­i­pa­tion – and all at his own ex­pense!

“I was lucky enough to be se­lected as a Vol­un­teer Sports Trainer 2018 Games through a process that started about six months ago,” Ger­ard ex­plained.

He un­der­took reac­cred­i­ta­tion as a Sports Trainer in Septem­ber and was on the road to Queens­land last week.

“My role is to as­sist ath­letes and teams with emer­gency first aid and treat­ment of sport­ing in­juries if re­quired.

“I am based at four venues over ten days. These in­clude Grif­fith Univer­sity which is a prac­tice venue for swim­ming and ath­let­ics, Bond Univer­sity High Per­for­mance Train­ing fa­cil­ity at Robina Sta­dium, Robina Rap­tors sports fields, and Mus­grave Hills Bowl­ing Club.”

His main role is at Robina Rap­tors and the Cbus sta­dium where he is as­sist­ing teams train­ing and com­pet­ing in the Men’s and Women’s Rugby Sev­ens.

He might well rub shoul­ders with John Porch from Or­ange whose fam­ily have had a life­long in­volve­ment with the Yeo­val Ea­gles, or Grace Hamilton (Blayney) – both are run­ning out in their golden guernseys.

Ger­ard’s pride is ob­vi­ous as he is “liv­ing the dream”.

“I’ve met of­fi­cials and ath­letes from South Africa, Mozam­bique, Trinidad, Tobago, St He­lena, Jersey, Guernsey Ja­maica, Canada, In­dia, Wales and Aus­tralia.

“I was also for­tu­nate enough to at­tend a prac­tice open­ing Cer­e­mony at Car­rara Sta­dium on Easter Satur­day evening, and through my Vol­un­teer role was given a free pass to any of the Theme Parks on the Gold Coast, so I spent a day at Sea­world!”

In what is a very small world, Ger­ard told me that he is work­ing along­side lo­cal phys­io­ther­a­pist Paula O’leary who has years of ex­pe­ri­ence ma­nip­u­lat­ing the mus­cles and over­see­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grams for all sports in Dubbo and sur­rounds.

Above left:

Ger­ard Hart was able to get up close with all the ac­tion in­clud­ing this on-the-spot shot of Aussie Gold Medal­list Matthew Hauser be­ing in­ter­viewed by ABC af­ter his bril­liant win in the triathlon

The joys of vol­un­teer­ing – the chance to see the Moun­tain Bik­ers in ac­tion!

Above:

The peo­ple you meet! Ger­ard Hart (far left) bumped into fel­low “schoolies” Sue Howlett, Denise Latta, Joan Rhein­berger, Melissa Halpin and Wendy Lees, an­other vol­un­teer

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