Tracey Weetman retired and relocated with her husband from Staffordshire to Ynys Mon in 2020. Having turned up at Menai Track and Field to offer her services, she is now a very active volunteer and has even won the Welsh Athletics Newcomer to Officiating Award.
HOW DID YOU START VOLUNTEERING?
My husband’s always been involved in athletics clubs and I used to sit and watch. I was working shifts as a nurse so it was difficult to squeeze in volunteering, too. But when I retired and we relocated to Anglesey in 2020, he asked the club if they needed a sprints coach while I decided to give officiating a go.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I’m now a Level 2 field official and I’m also the Welfare Officer for the club which means I make sure everyone’s up to date with safeguarding policies and I answer enquiries.
WHY DO YOU DO IT?
It’s a great way of joining in and getting to know people. The club is like one big family – it’s wonderful. I’ve also decided to learn Welsh so it’s a brilliant way to practise my language skills!
HOW DOES VOLUNTEERING MAKE YOU FEEL?
It’s fun and rewarding and it makes you feel like part of the community. It was a great way for us to integrate when we relocated.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO PEOPLE THINKING ABOUT VOLUNTEERING FOR A SPORTS CLUB?
If you fancy joining in and lending a hand, just give it a try. It’s a great way of using your skills and experience in a very positive way.
Tracey’s Top Tip: Ask other volunteers at the club why they like doing it.