Tim and Kahlia Huddleston enjoying the dress rehearsal of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
Tim and Kahlia Huddleston enjoying the dress rehearsal of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Tim Huddleston

Murgon man takes next step thanks to Commonwealth Games

IT WAS a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and Murgon's Tim Huddleston is still reaping the benefits of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Mr Huddleston, who works as a fuel manager, volunteered at the Gold Coast games last year.

Now, he has become one of the first games volunteers to complete a qualification through TAFE Queensland using the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) he earned during his volunteer training.

Mr Huddleston - who was one of 15,000 volunteers to help at the Games - recently completed a Diploma of Leadership and Management via distance education, making him one of the first volunteers to benefit from TAFE Queensland's GC2018 Legacy Project, a Tafe Queensland spokesperson said.

"Designed to provide volunteers with a unique opportunity to upskill, reskill or earn a qualification that will boost their careers, the Legacy Project - funded by the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training - allows selected volunteers to use their Games training to apply for RPL and gain credits towards further study at TAFE Queensland in courses including business, leadership and management, project management, event management and hospitality,” the spokesperson said.

Tim Huddleston from Murgon arrives at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, ready to volunteer.
Tim Huddleston from Murgon arrives at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, ready to volunteer. Contributed

Mr Huddleston said though he already works in management, the opportunity to upskill and become certified was too good to pass up.

"I've always been the type of person that makes the most of opportunities when they come up, so when I saw that I could gain RPL for my experience, I jumped on it,” Mr Huddleston said.

"I made some enquiries and worked out which course was best suited to me, and it all flowed from there. I had a fantastic experience - the online resources were great and my teacher was supportive and easy to talk to.”

Mr Huddleston volunteered as a field of play member at the table tennis during the Commonwealth Games.

He said it was an experience he would never forget.

"It was the first time I've seen professionals play, and it absolutely blew me away,” Mr Huddleston said.

"Volunteering at the Games is one of the best things I've done in my life, and getting the diploma out of it is a bonus on top. Not only did I get to witness one of the world's greatest sporting events in action, but I was able to take the experience I have currently managing fleet, staff, finances and customers and combine this with the volunteer training I received to become qualified and potentially further my career.”

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