We are so proud of all our alumni community involved in the Commonwealth Games and we have previously reported on Jenny Nesbitt representing Team Wales in the Athletics and Max Whittle hosting the netball. We have been delighted this week to hear from alumna Hollie Lunn (2006-16) who is a Games Delivery Coordinator for the Birmingham 2022 Games.
At RGS Hollie studied A Levels in Art, English Literature, Physical Education and Spanish. She was House Captain and Senior Prefect as well as singing in the School Choir. Hollie loved representing RGS in sports and was on the 1st netball team and played rounders. Remembering her days at RGS, Hollie says “I loved my time at school. I will always look back on it with fond memories. She particularly remembers being a part of the sporting life of the School, saying “Most of my stand out memories from RGS involve sport. My love for the sporting world started at school and set me up for where I am today”.
On leaving RGS, Hollie went on to the University of Surrey where she secured a BSc in International Hospitality Management. She also continued her passion for netball, playing for the University team and taking up the role of Communications Officer for Surrey netball.
Speaking on her current role at the 2022 Games, Hollie tells us “I work for Commonwealth Games England in the operations team. We call ourselves the ‘Team Behind the Team’, as we plan all of the operational logistics to get the athletes and sports staff to the Games. I started 4 years ago as an intern on my placement year at University and was offered the job a year later upon completing my degree to complete the cycle.
I’m currently based in the Athletes Village in Birmingham, working in the Team England HQ. Here I answer all questions from athletes and team officials regarding their stay in the village and help them with anything they need in preparation for and during competition.
I also had the opportunity to walk out alongside Team England athletes at the opening ceremony, which was incredible! After 4 years of preparation for the Games, it was a really special moment for me to be a part of the Team in front of a home crowd. The noise and reception from the stadium made me feel proud to be working with Team England.
It’s been a brilliant experience so far and I’m looking forward to watching the athletes competing over the coming week or so.”
Thank you to Hollie for getting in touch and a huge well done on your involvement in the Games. We are loving watching!