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Thousands of volunteers from across the world help at Glasgow 2018

The oldest and youngest volunteers have a 74-year age gap.

Around 3,600 volunteers from 17 countries have been helping welcome athletes and visitors to Glasgow 2018.

Those taking part have travelled from the US, Australasia and from Europe.

But the oldest and youngest volunteers are both from Scotland – with a 74-year age gap.

Mary Black, 88, has been helping out at the synchronised swimming in Scotstoun Sports Campus, while 14-year-old Grisha McDonald is volunteering with the kit carriers at Tollcross International Swimming Centre.

Ms Black,  from Balfron, Stirling, said: “Glaswegians are said to think with their heart, whenever you come to Glasgow you will always feel welcomed, and to be able to showcase my city and my sport at the same time is very special for me.

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Mary Black, 88, and Grisha McDonald, 14, are the oldest and youngest volunteers (Glasgow 2018/PA)

“There are people here in the crowd and watching from home who will be new to the power, strength and grace of these athletes and thanks to these European Championships, and this fabulous pool built for the occasion, we can attract more people to the sport.”

Ms Black was first introduced to synchronised swimming while on a swimming instructor course in 1962 and has dedicated most of her life to the sport.

Since then she has been involved in five Commonwealth Games, four Olympic Games and eight World Championships.

Grisha, from East Kilbride, is a swimmer himself but had not been able to see world-class athletes up close before the games.

He said: “It’s amazing, we get to experience so many new things every day and to see close up two world records being broken has definitely been my highlight of the championships.”

Volunteers have come from every local authority area in Scotland.

In celebration of the Year of Young People, 22% of Team 2018 are under 26, while over-60s make up 24% of the workforce.

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