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Beckett graduate Front of House at Commonwealth Games

As Leeds Beckett alumni such as Tom Bosworth and Yona Knight-Wisdom light up the Commonwealth Games, a number of other graduates from our university are fulfilling vital roles behind the scenes.

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One such former student is Jenni Rishworth, who is working as a Spectator Services Venue Manager after securing an MSc in Sports Event Management here in 2012.

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Jenni said: “My role means I oversee all ‘Front of House’ Spectator areas at the Coomera Indoor Sport Centre.

“The venue is hosting the Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics and also the Netball semi-finals and final. I manage a team of 250 staff and volunteers and our main purpose is to ensure high standards of spectator experience for every single one of our guests.

“The venue capacity is just over 7,000 so by the end of competition we will have welcomed just short of 100,000 spectators to the venue over 14 sessions.”

The experience Jenni gained while studying at Leeds Beckett helped to prepare her for this high-profile role.

Jenni said: “Whilst studying for a Master’s Degree in Sports Event Management I had the opportunity to work at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as on international and regional events held in Leeds.

“These fantastic opportunities gave me invaluable experience of large-scale events, enabled me to see how different teams within an event operate and helped me connect and build relationships with industry experts.”

Current Leeds Beckett University students Loic Fougere and Abigail Simmons are also involved in the Games. The Sports Events Management students are volunteering at the Weightlifting and Para Powerlifting venue.

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Follow the Commonwealth Games action and see how #TeamLeedsBeckett is getting on here.

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