Vinnie The Volunteer popped by to see Darrell and Nigel on his way to the All England Badminton Championships at the NIA in Birmingham, where he is working this week in the Media Centre, which must be a really romantic and interesting job to have as a volunteer.
Vinnie's has to welcome visiting members of the media, like journalists, photographers, and TV and radio people. He also has to give out press packs, special bibs to the photographers, photocopy the results, and escort players to their interviews, how very, very exciting!.
He was also able to tell us some very interesting factoids about shuttlecocks, like how the cone is formed from overlapping goose feathers, taken from the left wing only. Now, how many people know that? But Nigel seemed more interested in wearing one on his head than enhancing his sporting knowledge.
Vinnie had been very busy crafting too, he had made lots of little packets of mints with the Championship logo on to give to all the people he would be working with. He really is a brilliant volunteer. We said that if it was on the TV we would look to if we could spot him going about his voluntary duties and he promised that if he helped anyone of a famous nature he would tell us as soon as he could.