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Volunteer Blog #4
Date: 9/14/2021 4:08 PM
Published by : Sara Gonzalez Martinez (BEC)
After some months with not as many tournaments, the summer was bound to be a busy period that would bring many new experiences.

The summer period started with the RSL BEC Summer School as my first event with Badminton Europe, but there was still so much more to come. After all, the world’s biggest multisport event was to take place in July, so it comes as no surprise that the Communication team had a lot of work to do.

The Olympic frenzy
There had been a lot of excitement building up to the Tokyo Olympics. The event is always something huge to look forward to, but after its postponement and cancellation of so many other tournaments, Tokyo 2020  would give badminton fans the chance to see stars from all around the world battling on court  after a long time.

There was excitement, but also a considerable pressure. It is quite a big event to cover with a rather small team and despite we would of course be focusing on the European players attending, there was a lot to prepare. There would be no staff on site and we were not allowed to conduct online interviews from the moment players landed in Tokyo.

After a great and ambitious plan on how to better cover the Olympics, our work started weeks in advance—from gathering photographs to scheduling interviews before the athletes’ departure, it was a hectic period. 

The interviews through video call s were a daunting new challenge for me at first, but the nice feeling that you get after creating such a piece of content yourself is worth the nerves. However, I found a bump in the road to Tokyo—I would have to do the second interview and cover most part of the event  from home while in isolation, which made the experience more difficult but still as rewarding.  

My first tournament 
So far, by August I had already attended my first BEC event and got to experience the Olympics, but I would also be going to cover a badminton tournament for the first time. This one would only require a short train ride across Denmark, but I felt just as thrilled. The VICTOR Denmark Masters  seemed like the perfect chance to get started on making sure fans do not miss any of the action from the court. 

I got the opportunity to be shown the ropes of how to do all the tasks the Communication team undertake at  such events by my colleague . Updating social media with photos and videos, writing articles, and doing post-match interviews required a lot of organisation but also the ability to improvise on the spot. 

It could have been stressful, but it ended up being another enjoyable first experience from which to learn from and that made me look towards  the future events to come with less nerves and even more enthusiasm.
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