Arctic Winter Games - Eventful days in Nuuk
“The atmosphere among the volunteers was amazing. Everyone was friendly, helpful and happy and the teamwork among us as volunteers was outstanding. I commend the organisers of the Arctic Winter Games. They did an incredible job in making this event a success,” said 55-year-old Johan Rosing, who works at the Royal Greenland factory in Paamiut.
He was one of 25 Royal Greenland employees from the coast, Nuuk and Svenstrup who volunteered at AWG 2016. Johan Rosing and his wife, who was also a volunteer, were in Nuuk from 29 February, preparing for the arrival of the young athletes.
“For the first three or four days, I helped assemble beds at Atuarfik Hans Lynge and the Ukaliusaq School. After the athletes arrived, I worked as AWG Security at the Ukaliusaq School and other schools.”
Johan Rosing was a bit nervous about working closely together with people he did not know.
“But that changed immediately. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. The atmosphere among the volunteers and among the young athletes was so great. Everyone was in such a good mood, so I soon met everyone with an open mind,” said Johan Rosing and continued:
“I experienced the happiness and excitement of the young athletes when they came back from the games after they had won. Some were a little quiet or sad if they had lost. We experienced both excitement and disappointment, as you do in all sports events. The young people were very nice, and language was not a barrier, because some of the other volunteers spoke English if this was needed.”
Johan Rosing returned to Paamiut after the positive experience of being a volunteer at AWG 2016: