As Volunteers week draws to a close we feature Team Wales, Team Manager Mike Delaney.
What volunteer roles do you carry out?
I am a Team Manager (TM) for Welsh Athletics. I am also the Team Leader for the International Office for the London Marathon (since 2005), with responsibility for the all the Elite athletes in both races, pre and post race.
How did you get involved in athletics and volunteering?
After retiring with injury from athletics, (400m, three Welsh titles and two Commonwealth Games, 1974 and 1978) I raised a family. In 1994, I was appointed Welsh TM and Team Manager for Great Britain in 1995. I continued both roles until 1998 when I was at the European Championships in Budapest and the Commonwealth Games in the same season. The workload was too high so I resigned from the Welsh position and continued as GB team manager until 2005 when UK Sport wanted paid professional staff to manage the team. Since beginning my role as a TM I have been to 19 major championships including the Olympics in 2000 and 2004, five World Championships, the European Champs in 1998, the Commonwealth Games 1998 and 2010 and WUG in China in 2011. Plus, indoor championships and European Cups.
How long have you been involved in the sport?
I’ve been involved in the sport since my early days in the Royal Air Force in 1968 either as an athlete or as a manager, but never as a coach.
What do you enjoy and what are the benefits?
I Enjoy being able to put something back into the sport which had been good to me both within the RAF especially for Wales.
Have you any highlights from your time volunteering in the sport?
A number of highlights spring to mind, seeing Jonathan Edwards break the TJ record in Gothenburg, Kelly Holmes double gold at the Olympics, men's 4x100 in 2004. From a Welsh point of view Iwan and Jamie laughing and joking in the 400m semi in KL, Dai and Rhys finishing first and third in Delhi and seeing Christian get a bronze in the 200m after being with him in 1998 when he got the silver in the same event.
What are your other interests?
Other interests include hillwalking, cycling, backcountry skiing in Norway, reading, cinema and house improvements.
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