First wave of GC2018 volunteer applications roll in

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Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) volunteer applications opened today with the first official registers rolling in at 9am AEST.

The first three volunteer applicants Mark Grant, Taneale Lawton and Zuzana Harmaniakova submitted their applications at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation’s (GOLDOC) Benowa headquarters.

More than 15,000 volunteers are required and will play a crucial role in shaping the games experience for athletes, officials and spectators from 4 – 15 April 2018.

GOLDOC Chief Executive, Mark Peters said the excitement was infectious.

“It’s really great to share the enthusiasm for GC2018 with the first three applicants here today,” Mr Peters said.

“The entire focus of the organisation is now firmly focused on delivering a great Games and our team of volunteers are crucial to those plans by delivering first class customer service to athletes, officials, spectators and visitors to the Gold Coast and Games venues.

“I’ve been privileged to attend many international sporting tournaments both as a player and official.

“A common denominator for a great tournament and lifelong memories is the incredible enthusiasm, friendliness and performance of the volunteers.

“I’d encourage as many people as possible to apply to be a volunteer as this is a great way for locals to shape the Games and promote the Gold Coast.”

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast General Manager, Robert Petherbridge said as the Training Partner for the Games, TAFE Queensland will demonstrate connected, technology-enabled learning solutions that meet GOLDOC’s objectives of delivering the most innovative and sustainable Games.

“We will also build the social and emotional skills that will support volunteers to manage the many interactions and engagements they will lead across a diverse population of fellow volunteers, industry, athletes, officials and visitors from across the globe,” Mr Petherbridge said.

Mark Grant volunteered at the Brisbane 1982 Commonwealth Games, the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and is keen to get involved with GC2018.

“All my life I have been a sports nut and with the Games being in my backyard, I thought why not be part of it?” he said.

“Why just sit at home and watch it on TV? Why not get out and live it, breathe it?

“I love learning about different cultures and we will have athletes, officials and visitors from 70 different countries here at the one time. You’d be crazy to miss it!”

Volunteers will be used in a variety of roles across 24 Games locations including venues, the Commonwealth Games Village and hotels.

  • Applicants need to be available during the Games from 4 – 15 April 2018
  • Be 16 years or over at the time of application
  • Apply online via gc2018.com/volunteer from 9am (AEST), Monday 6 February
  • The application process can take up to 30 minutes to complete
  • The majority of volunteer roles are based on the Gold Coast
  • Volunteers will receive a uniform, training and public transport during the Games
  • Volunteers must have their own accommodation during the Games
  • Volunteer shifts will be from 6 – 10 hours with meal breaks included