June 21, 2019, by brzmjb1

European Youth Para-Games 2019 | Meet the UoN Sport volunteers

As part of a volunteering partnership, the University of Nottingham Sport department is sending five student volunteers to Finland to support the European Paralympic Youth Games (EPYG 2019) 25th – 30th June.

EPYG 2019 will be hosted at the Pajulahti Olympic and Paralympic Training Center is set to be the largest EPYG in history, with over 600 participants from 24 countries expected to take part. The Games promise to be a spectacle of Paralympic sport; showcasing the best young athletes and rising stars in the Paralympic movement across 8 different sports, including Athletics, Boccia, Goalball, Judo, Showdown, Swimming, Table Tennis and Wheelchair Basketball.

UoN Sport’s volunteers were selected from across our sporting offer but are all students in leadership positions linked to UoN’s inclusive sport programmes. During their time in Finland, they’ll have the opportunity to volunteer in a variety of roles, from Team Attachés to Competition Officials.

The students who will be attending are:

Harry Jones

Harry is a second year History undergraduate, who has actively been involved with the Mixed Martial Arts Club and the Men’s Health Active (MHA) initiative this academic year.

He enjoys volunteering and is looking forward to supporting some of Europe’s top youth athletes at the Pajulhati Training Center:

“I’m looking forward to the experience and hope to not only develop some key leadership skills, but also be inspired by some of the athletes competing at the Games”


Tomos Jones

Tomos is a third year Chemical Engineering undergraduate who has been involved with UoNSport in a number of different positions, including Disability Sport Ambassador and President of the Wheelchair Basketball.

As well as enjoying the experience, he is also seeing EPYG 2019 as an excellent opportunity to give something back:

“I’m hoping to get some rewarding experiences out of this amazing volunteering opportunity, as well as getting to watch some Paralympic sport at an international level.”


Grace Owen

A final year Mechanical Engineering student, Grace has been involved in numerous volunteering roles within UoNSport and has won the Vice Chancellors medal as a result of her commitment.

Volunteering has been one of the best parts of Graces’ experience at the University and she is really excited by the opportunities that EPYG 2019 will offer:

“By going to this event, I am hoping to further my knowledge of paralympic sport and get an insight into the management of big scale events, whilst working with some top youth athletes.”

Robyn Jones

Robyn is a final year Neuroscience undergraduate and has been on the Equestrian Club committee, alongside her role as a Disability Sport Champion.

An enthusiastic and committed volunteer, she’s is looking forward to putting the knowledge she has gained this year to good use;

“I am hoping to build upon the skills I gained through my involvement with UoNSport over the past two years in a more competitive environment. The EPYG opportunity will allow me to gain further insight into the organisation of a large Paralympic event, which will be invaluable to my own personal career development.”

Alec Lewis

Swimming Club President and 3rd Biology student, Alec has been committed to supporting a number of programmes within UoNSport this year, including our first ever para-swimming open day and the Men’s Health Active (MHA) initiative.

He’s looking forward to pushing himself out of his comfort zone as well as:

“..Looking to improve team management and leadership skills, whilst also learning more about organising a large international Paralympic sports event”

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