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Volunteer driving skaters, coaches, other VIPs

Fri., Jan. 15, 2010

colinm@spokesman.conm (Colin Mulvany colinm@spokesman.conm)
colinm@spokesman.conm (Colin Mulvany colinm@spokesman.conm)

Daily Snapshot: Thomas Shields

Age: 71

Lives in: Liberty Lake

Volunteer gig: Shuttle driver for skaters, coaches and other VIPs.

My whole family is taking part in this. Both sisters drive, and one sister is also a greeter. My brother-in-law is a driver. My nephew is the second-in-charge of transportation.

I’m retired. I worked for Kaiser Aluminum as a manager for 37 years. I retired twice. First time in 1993 and then again in 2000.

I’ve (driven) people from New Jersey, from Pennsylvania, from Minnesota. What’s the conversation in the van? Back East, they are having bad weather. We’re having like summer here. They love it.

My driving record? Excellent. Haven’t had a ticket in 20 years. Haven’t had an accident for over 20 years. They were just stupid-not-pay-attention types of deals. Our speed limits are restricted. We try to keep it at 25 miles per hour. We’re not in a hurry.

I’m not a skater much myself. It’s remarkable what people can do on two pieces of steel.

There are 670 volunteers with the U.S. Figure Skating Championships; more than two-thirds also helped out during the 2007 national championships here.

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