Vol­un­teers needed for World Games

Central Leader - - LIFESTYLE & LEISURE - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

Auck­land is set to host one of the big­gest sport­ing events in its his­tory, and it needs vol­un­teers to pull it off.

The World Mas­ters Games are com­ing up next year with or­gan­is­ers need­ing to re­cruit up to 4000 vol­un­teers.

Games chief ex­ec­u­tive Jen­nah Woot­ten says not since the 2011 Rugby World Cup and the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, have so many vol­un­teers been re­quired in Auck­land for a sport­ing event.

‘‘Vol­un­teers are the sup­port team, help­ing ath­letes to achieve their per­sonal best and play a vi­tal role in en­sur­ing the Games run smoothly and are an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence for all,’’ she says.

‘‘They will be an am­bas­sador for World Mas­ters Games 2017 from now, till the event.’’

The World Mas­ters Games is the largest multi-sport event in the world. In terms of ath­lete numbers, it’s big­ger in scale than even the Olympics, Woot­ten says.

It is also the largest event New Zealand will host in at least the next decade.

Auck­land will host the event from April 21-30, with 25,000 ath­letes com­pet­ing in 28 sports across 48 com­pe­ti­tion venues. The event is ex­pected to gen­er­ate over 240,000 vis­i­tor nights and $30.8m GDP for Auck­land alone.

‘‘We are look­ing for vol­un­teers who have a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude, the abil­ity to work well in a team en­vi­ron­ment, are ap­proach­able and friendly and ‘go the ex­tra mile’,’’ Woot­ten says.

‘‘Many of our cur­rent ap­pli­cants (1500) have con­nec­tions with a va­ri­ety of community or­gan­i­sa­tions, not all ex­clu­sively sport. We’ve also re­ceived a num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions from in­ter­na­tional stu­dents study­ing in Auck­land.

‘‘The vol­un­teer team – known as the Pit Crew, will be as di­verse

‘‘Auck­land and the Waikato re­gion will be a great place to be in April next year. The World Mas­ters Games will cre­ate an amaz­ing buzz and will be an oc­ca­sion for ev­ery­one to en­joy.’’

For more de­tails on vol­un­teer­ing visit world­mas­ters­games2017.co.nz.

HERO IM­AGES

Triath­letes cy­cle dur­ing the last World Mas­ters Games.

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