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The West Midlands is the home of the Commonwealth Games 2022 as Birmingham hosts the largest sporting event in the UK since the 2012 Olympics. Kicking off on Thursday 28 July the games promise 12 days of elite competition showcasing some of the world’s finest athletes. 

NHS staff from across the region are also preparing as they join hundreds of volunteers to ensure that the games run smoothly and athletes and spectators alike enjoy the spectacle. 

Joining them will be Dominic Price, Senior Physiotherapist at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (Foundation Group Partners), who will be volunteering throughout the event.

He will be joined by fellow volunteers Laura Evans, Gillian Allibone and Hannah Sharpe who will be supporting in the athlete village and table tennis events.

We spoke to Dominic to find out more about his role at the games.

Why did you decide to volunteer?

I have always had a passion for sport and have the privilege of being able to work to in sport too. I have worked locally and nationally as a physio in many sports including working at the 2012 Paralympics for Team GB and with the FA for England Blind football

I also volunteered at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 so having the games so close to home was a great opportunity to get involved and do more in an area I am passionate about. 

What do you think having the games locally means?

I see this as a great opportunity both personally and professionally to give back to the local community and where I live. I think Birmingham hosting the games is a great opportunity for the area and I wanted to do my little part to help and be a part of something special.

I have a young family and work as first contact physiotherapist in the Nuneaton area and being able to combine these two passions and set an example is something I am proud to do.

What events will you be volunteering at?

I am proud to be volunteering as a physiotherapist for the Powerlifting and Paralifting events which will based at the NEC between 28th July and 8th August.

What will you be doing?

Alongside the other volunteers I will be providing essential physiotherapy services to the athletes to ensure they are able to compete at their best. 

What are you looking forward to?

I am looking forward to being able to support elite athletes and also be able to witness them performing in our local area. I hope that having such a significant event can help inspire others to be involved in sport, whether it’s as aspiring athletes, volunteers or a career in supporting athletes and other like I have. Having the crowds and the atmosphere in the area will hopefully be very beneficial for it.

How can we come see you?

Some tickets are still available through the Birmingham 2022 website, I’d encourage everybody who can to try and see at least one event. Events of this significance do not happen in this area very often so is a great opportunity to witness athletic excellent for themselves.

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