Athletes’ Cracked Teeth and other stories from volunteers | 外國選手看牙趣 來聽志工背後的秘辛

Until today, besides small disruptions in the opening ceremony, the Taipei Universiade has gone off without a hitch. To Taiwan, the hosting of such a large-scale event is a huge deal, and much of it is owed to the volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes. Today we are fortunate enough to invite Mr. Cheng-Chang Tsai, a volunteer, to share his experience.

Why did you decide to become a volunteer?

Firstly, I have been a volunteer for a long time for various events, from the Flower Expo to the Deaflympics. When I have a chance to serve as a volunteer, I always try my best to go. Plus, these large event opportunities are rare, so I have to do my best.

Secondly, I come from the medical profession, so I have some background knowledge in the field that I am really happy to donate to a good cause!

 

Did you encounter any difficulties while serving this year?

We have first aid stations in two areas: an Athletes’ Village center, and on-site competition venue first aid stations.

Interesting events often occur at the Athletes’ Village, because some foreign athletes experienced tooth cracking after consuming corn or chicken.

At the competition venues, I’ve discovered many athletes actually have preexisting injuries, so they’ll come over to get those checked out. Thankfully, so far everyone has been fine, and we haven’t met any major difficulties.

 

What do you think could be improved about this year’s Universiade procedures?

Actually, the whole thing is quite smooth; procedures sometimes even run ahead of schedule, so there aren’t any major issues!

 

What’s your favorite sporting event?

Definitely baseball!! Unfortunately, I wasn’t assigned to that sport, so I wasn’t able to watch.

 

Which competitive match has been the most exciting? 

Since the opening ceremony, I have served in many different venues, for basketball, diving, and am even heading to Wushu tomorrow. Because we’re usually exposed to basketball more often, I think the rarely-seen diving is the most awe-inspiring! Most Taiwanese rarely get a chance to watch divers actually perform, and I was lucky enough to be stationed right by the diving platform. It was truly breathtaking!

 

We never would have thought volunteers could encounter so many interesting things! While providing invaluable services, volunteers can all gain experience and internal happiness. Let’s all thank the heros who make the events possible!

 

Translation by Dana Chiueh

Original below

    世大運至今,除了開幕的小插曲之外,目前都很順利的進行著。世大運對台灣來說是一場重大的國際賽事,然而這些都必須要感謝默默在背後付出的志工們。今天很高興邀請到蔡承璋志工,願意撥空接受我們的電訪,分享志工們背後的小故事。

當初為甚麼會想來擔任志工?

   第一是接觸志工這個大家庭已經有一段時間了,無論是花博或者聽障奧運都曾參與其中,所以有擔任志工的機會就會盡量去參與,而且台灣難得舉辦這麼重大的賽事,所以一定要參與的。

   第二是因為自己本身就從事醫護的工作,那對這方面也有一些專業的知識,那這次世大運有這個機會當然很樂意參加!

 

此次擔任過程中有沒有遇到比較難處理的傷勢或是…??

   我們醫護站分為兩個地方,一個是選手村醫療中心,二為比賽場地的醫護站。      

   選手村常有許多趣事發生,有些外國選手會因為吃到玉米、雞腿等較硬的東西,造成牙齒裂掉了,而跑來看牙齒。

   而到比賽現場,我發現其實很多運動選手本身就有一些運動傷害,所以他們會來醫護站檢查一下,不過目前都相當順利平安,並沒有遇到甚麼比較嚴重的狀況發生。

 

對於這一次世大運地舉行跟流程有沒有甚麼覺得可以再改進的地方呢?

    其實整體來說是很流暢的,流程有時甚至會提早結束,目前來說十分順利,基本上並沒有什麼太大的問題!

 

自己本身最喜歡哪一類型的運動項目??

當然是棒球拉!不過這次很可惜沒有被分到棒球的組別去,所以沒辦法現場觀賽。

 

在這麼多賽場有沒有覺得哪一場對戰最精彩?!

自己從開幕到現在擔任了很多場的志工,有籃球和跳水,而明天也要到武術場館。因為平常都是接觸籃球比較多,所以覺得台灣較少見跳水場面是最吸睛的!平常人很難接觸到跳水這個項目,而我們這次醫護站剛好就在跳水台旁,場面真的很震撼、精彩!

   

  沒想到擔任志工能夠遇到這麼多趣事!相信在服務的當下,志工們都能從中收穫經驗與心靈的滿足。讓我們一起感謝讓活動順利進行的大功臣吧!

圖片來源/蔡承璋志工

撰文/實習記者楊凱湉

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