Michaela Penney at the
INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2007
Vale Royal AC athlete
Michaela Penney spent a weekend at the prestigious European Indoor
Championships 2007 at Birmingham in March where she worked as an Access
Control Officer (security) which was a fulfilling experience full of
wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.
Michaela who turns 18 in the
summer, a student at Sir John Deane's College signed up to be a volunteer last
year and was delighted to given a pivotal role in the security of athletes
during the three day championships.
The shifts started at 7am
which meant a drive leaving Cheshire at 5am each morning to be ready for the
morning safety briefings. Once the shift finished at 2pm Michaela then joined
all the spectators supporting the GB athletes who won more medals than
expected during the championships.
The defining moment for
Michaela was escorting Dame Kelly Holmes from her Audi sports car in the car
park to the track area to be greeted by the audience and media interviews.
Michaela was in awe of the double Olympic Champion and was delighted to escort
her role model to the indoor area of the National Indoor Arena, where she
feels Kelly is a perfect role model for many youngsters, particularly young
girls at school.
Michaela also saw personally
the effects of competition on athletes where each athlete dealt with their own
highs and lows during competition in different ways which was fascinating in
terms of sport psychology.
Finally Michaela added that
it was a hugely uplifting experience and didnít want the championships to
finish, however, Michaela has already signed up to be a volunteer at the 2012
Olympics saying that this will be even bigger and canít wait for it come!!!!