Katerina Davidova, a first year Politics with Economics student, is one of 70,000 people who have volunteered their time to help make the Olympic Games the greatest show on Earth.
She is working as an event services team member at the beach volleyball competition at Horse Guards Parade, in the heart of London.
Katerina chose to volunteer for beach volleyball because she played softball for the national team of her home country, the Czech Republic, for six years. She says that like beach volleyball, it’s a fast-paced game that requires speed, stamina, excellent technical skills and tactical play.
Katerina enjoys playing sport at University, and is a member of the Students’ Union Tennis Club.
She said: “To volunteer at the Games is an amazing opportunity to see the Olympics from ‘inside’ as I have always been fascinated by them. I’ve watched the Olympics on TV and now I suddenly have the chance to actually be a part of it all, even if it is a very tiny one.”
Katerina is greeting spectators as they arrive at the venue, helping them to find their seats and is on-hand for queries that crop up.
“The selection process took about a year and a half, but I’m glad I waited as this is a great chance for me,” she said. “The location of the venue is stunning so all in all it’s a fantastic experience.”
The event also has a close connection to Bath which has made the experience extra special for Katerina. The University’s Sports Training Village is the UK training base for the British beach volleyball programme and for Team GB athletes Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin.