AN 18-YEAR-old from Warwick isn’t letting his cerebral palsy hold him back as he helps out at the lawn bowls at Victoria Park.
Samuel White was accepted as a volunteer at the Commonwealth Games after a successful interview in Birmingham and joins a whole crew of young people making their mark.
Sam’s condition means his movement and co-ordination are affected but this has not stopped him helping out at the lawn bowls competitions in Leamington – which got underway on Friday (July 29) – assisting dignitaries and getting people to where they need to be for the medal ceremonies.
As a determined individual who is no stranger to sports, Sam has finished his A-levels and will be starting university to undertake a degree in Sports Journalism in September.
Sam said volunteering was a once in a lifetime opportunity that he didn’t want to miss.
He told the Observer: “It’s a natural fit with my interest in sports journalism, so I just went for it.
“It’s important to highlight inclusivity and that’s exactly what the Commonwealth Games is doing. It shows that everyone is equal, and we all have our part to play in the game’s legacy.
“I’m really excited about the unpredictability of the role I’m undertaking and I’m looking forward to meeting people. Everyone I have met so far has been incredible, so I know it’s going to a fantastic experience”.
Coun Kam Kaur, Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC) spokesperson for education, said: “The Commonwealth Games has given so many people the opportunity to get involved and be part of something special. Seeing so many young people stepping forward as volunteers has been incredible. Not only are they contributing to making Warwickshire the best it can be, but they are also a real inspiration to all young people across the county. I would like to personally thank Samuel for the role he is playing, and I hope he enjoys being part of the Commonwealth Games legacy”.