#VolunteersWeekScot: Jim Chesham

#VolunteersWeekScot: Jim Chesham


Throughout Volunteer Week 2017, Scottish Cycling will be showcasing some of the volunteers that work on cycling events across the country. There is more to cycling than getting on a bike and the fantastic work done by Scottish Cycling's 191 affiliated clubs and volunteers each and every week does not go unnoticed. We couldn't do any of it without you!

Name: Jim Chesham

Age: 66

Occupation: Retired

Cycling Club: None

Volunteering role(s): Race volunteer

How long have you been volunteering in your role for?

I have been volunteering for less than a year, so pretty new!

How did you get into volunteering?

I was looking for new interests after retiring at the end of 2015.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

Supporting the development of a sport and in particular in relation to youth pathways as well a keeping active both physically and mentally. You can also have fun with like-minded people as the same time as feeling like you are doing something worthwhile.

What has been your most memorable volunteering experience in cycling?

Experiencing a great day out helping at the Youth Tour of Scotland!

Describe the perfect volunteer (without describing yourself!)

You need to be a good listener and be willing to get stuck in. You have to be cheerful - even when it is raining! Also be polite, helpful and considerate.

Advise someone who might want to volunteer in cycling.

You won’t regret it. The organisers make you very welcome and give you clear instructions on what to do and are very thankful for your help. Your contribution may help in some way to facilitate the next generation of top cyclists achieve Olympic standard.