Shining First Stars – Meet Gyzylgul
09 August, 2017 (10:29)
When athletes and officials arrive in Turkmenistan to be a part of the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games from 17–27 September, they will be warmly greeted by some of the country’s proud youth sporting dazzling smiles.
And Gyzylgul Allashukurova will be the owner of one of the brightest smiles of them all.
When asked about what volunteering had taught her in life, the delighted First Star opened up about what is likely to be one of the most enlightening experiences of her young life.
“It has definitely made me a more friendly and sociable person. Volunteering taught me to always smile, smile more and keep smiling. I was taught that, as a volunteer, I am the face of Ashgabat 2017. If I give a good impression of myself to our visitors, then I make a good impression on them about our country as well.
“In my line of work, I get to interact with quite a lot of people and I love it. That’s been the best part of my journey so far. I can’t wait to welcome Asia and Oceania to Ashgabat in September,” she said.
Gyzylgul has been associated with several test events in the lead up to Ashgabat 2017 and also attended an international multi-sport event in Danang, Vietnam, last year.
“So far, I’ve been a part of the test events for Sambo, Traditional Wrestling, Wrestling, 3x3 Basketball and Ju Jitsu. I was also lucky to be a part of the 2016 5th Asian Beach Games in Danang, Vietnam where I was a VIP volunteer. It was a very fun experience,” said Gyzylgul, a second year finance faculty student at the Turkmen State Institute of Finance.
Volunteering is very much about making life-long memories and friends and her international experience in Vietnam has made her a stronger and more confident professional.
“Vietnam is a very beautiful country and I was lucky enough to see two of my compatriots win medals there. Since Vietnamese volunteers didn’t know Turkmen or Russian, I acted as the translator between them. I had to talk in English and it did wonders for my self confidence. It helped me improve my English language skills,” she said.
Gyzylgul will be working with some familiar faces during Ashgabat 2017 with no less than nine classmates all signed up as First Stars.
“We are all assigned to the Martial Arts Arena so we have been spending a lot of time together. We’re all keen to continue with our volunteering journey at future events. Joining the First Stars programme was one of the best decisions I ever made in life,” she said.
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