Maltese honour for Maccabi Sue

GO TEAM MALTA: Sue Faber carries the Maltese flag

THE Commonwealth Games opened at Parkhead Stadium on Wednesday night and for some members of the community it is going to be a very busy time.

Rabbi Moshe Rubin is the official Jewish chaplain for the Games and took part in an interfaith service of welcome and friendship at the Glasgow University Memorial Chapel on Sunday. He will be on call during the Games.

Mark Cohen is supplying kosher food to VIPs, athletes and officials , while his mother Doreen is a Clydesider, volunteering in Motherwell.

Glasgow Jewish Representative Council president Paul Morron is sponsoring some of the young, upcoming athletes taking part for Team Scotland.

There are several members of the community volunteering as Clydesiders.

Rep Council past president and Clydesider Philip Mendelsohn said: "I am working in Athlete Services, looking after athletes before and after they compete at the weightlifting in the Clyde Auditorium .

"I had two half-day training sessions and spent Tuesday helping get things ready for Thursday.

"I think the epithet of the 'Friendly Games' is right. The volunteers and the staff are friendly and the team officials (trainers, managers, coaches, etc) and technical officials (judges, referees, weights loaders) have all been friendly too.

"The venues look great and on Monday we saw the dress rehearsal for the opening ceremony - and that was looking good."

He added: "Transport to and from Celtic Park worked well, too. Everyone seems to be Games-ready. The ticket seller had all the information about who could travel free laid out so she could make sure she didn't sell a ticket to those who don't need one.

"Glasgow city centre started buzzing at the end of last week and it looks like, with the sun shining, we will all have a great time. Bring it on."

Jane Tobias said: "My role is in Spectator Services at the SECC precinct, covering the Hydro, Clyde Arena (Armadillo) and the halls. I also have time in the actual precinct.

"The jobs I expect to be doing are helping spectators around the venue, ticketing and ushering and generally meeting and greeting everyone to give them the best experience they could have at the venue.

"I am also a member of the Clydesider Chorus, made up of volunteers.

"We are not performing at the Opening Ceremony as they recruited other people who were not Clydesiders for that role.

"We sing under the guidance of a professional voice coach who also conducted the London Games-makers' choir in 2012.

"It will be an unforgettable, fun and unique experience, never to be repeated. I feel part of the history of the Games and proud of being a Glaswegian."

Maccabi GB Scotland operations manager Sue Faber said: "I am looking after Team Malta and am having a tremendous time.

"For the rehearsal for the opening of the Games, I was chosen to walk into Parkhead stadium carrying the Maltese flag. It was an incredible experience.

"I met the Maltese Minister for Sport on Monday and the Prime Minister was due to arrive on Tuesday, as were most of the team. I'm working mostly 10-hour shifts."

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