Birm­ing­ham 2018 vol­un­teer dead­line


Athletics Weekly - - nEWS -

PO­TEN­TIAL volunteers for the IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Birm­ing­ham must sign up this week if they want to get in­volved in the event next March.

Last week the or­gan­is­ers said the 400-strong army of volunteers will be known as ‘gems’ and the de­ci­sion was an­nounced, some­what ap­pro­pri­ately, at the city’s his­toric Jewellery Quar­ter with 400m run­ner Emily Di­a­mond there to help break the news.

Any­one over 18 can ap­ply to be a ‘gem’ but the dead­line is Fri­day Septem­ber 29 at


Joan Durose, cham­pi­onships di­rec­tor for Birm­ing­ham

2018, says: “We are look­ing for peo­ple who have a sparkling per­son­al­ity to ful­fil a se­lec­tion of dif­fer­ent roles, which in­clude help­ing to look af­ter the teams com­pet­ing at the event, cus­tomer ser­vices roles where you would be pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to spec­ta­tors or work­ing in the me­dia cen­tre, en­sur­ing that the jour­nal­ists and pho­tog­ra­phers from across the globe have all the in­for­ma­tion that they need.

“Vol­un­teer­ing is a great way to meet new peo­ple and it’s also a good op­por­tu­nity to learn new skills or en­hance your CV.”

The or­gan­is­ers of the cham­pi­onships are look­ing to use the event as a way of pro­fil­ing the city and with this in mind, the event’s of­fi­cial mas­cot, Ruby the red panda, was un­veiled a cou­ple of months ago.

Her name was se­lected as an­other way of high­light­ing Birm­ing­ham’s Jewellery Quar­ter and a red panda was cho­sen as a way of ac­knowl­edg­ing the im­por­tant work that the Birm­ing­ham Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Park does to pro­tect and breed this en­dan­gered species.

Go to wicbirm­ing­ham2018. com to ap­ply to be a vol­un­teer or email vol­un­teer­swic2018@ birm­ing­ if you have any ques­tions.

Vol­un­teer ap­pli­cants will be con­tacted in Oc­to­ber if they are go­ing to be given an in­ter­view for a role. Then, all suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will be al­lo­cated roles in Jan­uary.

Key cam­paign: Emily Di­a­mond (sec­ond from left) and Joan Durose (third from right) at the ‘gems’ an­nounce­ment in Birm­ing­ham’s Jewellery Quar­ter

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