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Shining First Star – meet Aylar

09 September, 2017 (12:09)
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When Aylar Mammetniyazova is at college, thoughts of money, profit and loss, and numbers occupy her mind for large chunks of her day.

But the moment the finance student pulls on her vibrant volunteers’ uniform for the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, all those thoughts are replaced by protocols and correct procedures for welcoming the numerous sports guests to her country from 17–27 September. 

For Aylar, a fifth year student at the Turkmen Institute of Finance, has an important role as a First Star in the event’s Protocols section and, although she joined the programme late, she said it was a decision that she has never regretted.

“I first heard about the First Stars programme from my teachers at the university. However, I didn’t join it immediately. A few of my friends signed up and they told me stories of how incredibly fun it was. So I decided to join them. It was one of the best decisions of my life,” she said.

Right from the time of joining, she had a clear idea of which functional area she belonged to.

“From the beginning, I’ve been really clear about what I’m good at. I wanted to be a part of Protocols to greet guests coming to my country. It’s a role I knew I was cut out for. And that’s exactly what I’m doing now. I’m thoroughly enjoying it,” she said.  

Guests will start to arrive in their thousands over the next week as we count down the days towards an Ashgabat 2017 Opening Ceremony that is sure to provide a spectacular launch to the 12 days of world-class sport.

Many atttendees will be visiting Turkmenistan for the first time, so it is vital that the right people provide a warm welcome, and Aylar is certainly one of those.

“I feel really happy when guests complement me on my language skills. I’ve become more confident in using the English language and volunteering helped me become more communicative than ever. While I was too shy to talk to people at first, all that’s now a distant memory. I’ve made a lot of friends and I feel they’re going to be my buddies for life,” said the youngster.

Her spirit and enthusiasm perfectly encaptures the sort of message that Ashgabat 2017 wants to communicate, and Aylar is encouraging all of her fellow Turkmen to play their part.

“I want everyone in my country to attend this competition because it’s not every year such mega events take place here. Everyone should make the most of the opportunity and be a part of history,” she said.

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