University of Chester student secures prestigious Commonwealth Games intern role.

Posted on 28th November 2017

A University of Chester student has been awarded an internship with the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association (CGA) ahead of the 2018 games in Australia.

Kirree Quayle, aged 20, from Baldrine on the Isle of Man, studies at the University College Isle of Man (UCM), a partner institution of the University of Chester. She began the year-long internship in July, and is gaining valuable work experience through developing marketing plans, fundraising and building links within the local community.

Kirree said: “When I first discovered the job application online, I was excited as I felt like I ticked a lot of the boxes in regards to what they were looking for. The more I thought about it, the more I felt I was really suited to the role, and I realised what a great addition to my CV it would be.”

The internship, which was open to Manx students studying at both the University College Isle of Man and the University of Chester, is part of the Commonwealth Games Federation’s University Intern Programme (eqUIP). The eqUIP programme is run in partnership with education centres across the Commonwealth regions, and assists local Commonwealth Games Associations with strengthening their organisational capacity, developing plans to improve team management and delivering world-class teams to the Games.

Kirree has recently returned to UCM to begin the final year of her BA (Hons) Events Management and Marketing degree. She will be balancing her studies with the internship, working two and half days a week in the office, then attending lectures throughout the rest of the week.

Kirree said: “I am really enjoying the internship so far. I went back to lectures in the first week of October and although I am aware that third year is going to be challenging, I am very conscientious and like to meet deadlines ahead of time. I also plan to continue training and racing mountain biking throughout my internship and studies."

She added: “The internship links closely to my degree course as I have the opportunity to develop the CGA’s marketing platforms. I also get to help organise events, such as athlete interviews and fundraisers. I am working closely with the other members of the team, who are always happy to help and provide advice and support. One of my main roles is to increase the CGA's online presence. I regularly update both the website and social media sites to increase our connection with the public, notify them of events and share important information regarding the athletes’ progress and selection.”

Sharon McCulloch, Programme Leader for Events Management and Marketing at UCM, said: “I couldn’t think of a more deserving candidate for such a prestigious internship. UCM’s partnership with the University of Chester opens our students up to some fantastic UK and international opportunities, as well as those available on the island. Kirree decided to complete her degree through UCM so she could continue to participate in sporting team events on the island; for her to be able to combine her education with her passion for sport is magnificent.”

Gail Corrin, Higher Education Manager at UCM, said: “We are delighted that for the second year running, a UCM student has been selected for the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association internship. It is positive in so many ways - enabling Kirree to gain valuable professional experience, whilst simultaneously enhancing her studies. Kirree has been particularly fortunate in that the internship this year includes a role at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. Working with organisations and businesses on the Island in this way is something we are very proud of on the Island. The success of which is in some part measured by the fact that 95% of our graduates are snapped up on or before graduation into relevant employment. Kirree is doing a great job managing her studies and the internship, and we look forward to hearing about her time down under”.

Tonia Lushington, Isle of Man CGA Secretary General, added: “Kirree is fast becoming an integral part of our small admin team.  It is a very busy time for us finalising the Gold Coast 2018 Games arrangements, but her willingness and enthusiasm to help with multiple projects is proving an invaluable asset.”

As part of the internship, Kirree also attended a three day workshop in London alongside other interns from Northern Ireland, England and Wales. In February, she is hoping to attend a mid-term workshop in Botswana, Africa. Kirree also will be joining the Manx team as an official at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April.