Leeds Beckett graduate enjoying golden opportunities
4 April 2018
A number of our university alumni are lucky enough to be working at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Australia’s Gold Coast between 4-15 April. We caught up with one of our globe-trotting graduates, Hannah Gregory, ahead of the Games.
What have you worked on since graduating?
I graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2010 with a 2.1 Hon in Event Management.
Since graduating I followed my passion for sports events and have been lucky enough to work on a number of major events, including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Baku 2015 European Games, Rugby World Cup 2015, Australian Open 2016, 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games and currently the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
What will you be doing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games?
My role within the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is Technical Operations Manager for swimming, working in the sport functional area.
I am responsible for planning and delivering the swimming competition according to the International Federation rules and regulations.
Within the swimming team there are four other paid staff and over 200 volunteers preparing to deliver over 30 hours of broadcast competition for 450 athletes and over 10,000 spectators!
How did your time at the university help prepare you for this role?
My time at Leeds Beckett University definitely helped me build a foundation and knowledge of Event Management to help me succeed in my career.
My placement year provided me with invaluable hands-on experience organising events and I returned for my final two years full of enthusiasm and being able to relate the theory learnt in the classroom to practical experience.
I feel extremely lucky to have lived and worked all over the world with my job and I love the thrill and excitement events bring, especially on the scale of events such as the Commonwealth Games.