'Best seats in the house': Comm Games volunteer

16th March 2017 2:23 PM
GET ONBOARD: Bill Ferguson is urging others to volunteer at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. GET ONBOARD: Bill Ferguson is urging others to volunteer at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Contributed

IT'S BEEN a long time between drinks for Bill Ferguson, but time has done little to diminish his passion for sport.

When the soon-to-be retired Australia Zoo employee volunteered at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games Raelene Boyle was at her peak winning the 400m gold.

Bill was trackside when she crossed the line and even got to meet his idol along with many other athletes.

He was a budding journalism student when the opportunity arose to volunteer and the sports fanatic inside him couldn't say no.

"Me and a friend signed up; we went through our briefing, got our outfits, they allocated our sports and we were lucky enough to get in as media assistants, which meant we were in the thick of the action,” Bill said.

"If a journalist wanted to talk to the athletes, it was our job to request an interview.

"Another job I had was to escort the athletes from the stadium at the end of the medal presentation to the media conference room, so I got to meet a lot of the top athletes in the world.”

Bill went on to have a long career in sports journalism, which culminated in a role as sports editor for the Brisbane Sun.

Now the opportunity has come beckoning once again as the Gold Coast gets set to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games starting on April 4.

Bill is urging anyone who thinks they might be interested to join him by applying at www.gc2018.com/volunteer.