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Shining First Stars — Meet Leyli

14 August, 2017 (11:40)
Tags: Volunteers

After two years of training to be a volunteer, Leyli Agyshova can’t wait for the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games to begin so she can put her skills to use for her country.

The 22-year-old native of Ashgabat said she is excited to be a First Star at the biggest event that Turkmenistan has ever staged.

“It's about working with new people,” said the fourth year student at the Turkmen State Institute of Economics and Management. “Not just with people from Turkmenistan but from all over the world.

“When I am volunteering I feel like I am helping my country by doing something positive. Without volunteers, our country couldn't put on these Games. This is the first thing I like about volunteering.”

Leyli, who will be a Mixed Zone team leader in 3x3 Basketball, said her volunteering experience began in 2015 and it has helped her to improve her confidence.

“I am generally not a sociable person,” she said. “But after being a volunteer, I started to be more open and less shy. I am very happy that I've changed for the better in that way. My family has also noticed that I've changed too.”

She's looking forward to working in the Mixed Zone where she will have direct contact with the athletes.

“I like that spectators, other volunteers and other workers cannot come as close as I can to the winners,” she said. 

“I also like when I can interview them. Sometimes they cry when they are being interviewed because they won. It's great to see their emotions. It's very nice when I can tell them 'Don't cry, everything is OK. You're a winner'. I can comfort them.”

After all she has learned from volunteering, this First Star wants to start work on her next goal.

“My dream,” she said, “is to travel the world.”

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