Student Gregor to work with media at Commonwealth Games

Gregor Aiken.
Gregor Aiken.

Portadown student Gregor Aiken, 21, is volunteering at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Having concluded his third year of a four-year journalism course at the University of the West of Scotland, Gregor has been recruited into the press operations team.

The Glasgow Games attracted a record 50,811 people applying to become Clydesiders, the official name given to Commonwealth Games volunteers and taken from the River Clyde that flows through the city. Gregor has become one of the 15,000 Clydesiders working at the games.

Gregor will aid the press, working as part of the road events press operations team. Present at the marathon, triathlon and mountain biking competitions, he will lead athletes to the press and waiting media in the mixed zone.

Gregor’s volunteering journey began in January 2013 when he applied for a Clydesider position, and since being accepted in late November he has been undergoing a number of training camps to get him ready for the competition. With orientation training, venue specific training and uniform collection all complete Gregor is ready for the Games.

“Like an athlete ready for competition, I am now ready for my role. This is a lifetime opportunity that will aid me in my goal in becoming a journalist,” he said.

Gregor is not the only local attendee at the games as some of Team Northern Ireland representatives originate from Craigavon. Chef de Mission Robert McVeigh of Team Northern Ireland teaches at Killicomaine Junior High School.

Aquatic swimmer Sycerika McMahon, lawn bowler Catherine McMillen, squash player Madeline Perry, shooters Kirsty Barr and David Beattie and triathlon athletes Conor Murphy and Russell White all hail from the local community.

The Commonwealth Games run until August 3.

“Working in a different sector of press operations will be interesting. I understand the press are out for the best quotes from these athletes,” he said.