Eager volunteers for World Ski Championships 2011

About a thousand people have now applied to be voluntary officials. “We are delighted with the response and the commitment and we are now close to the number we need for the trial WSC. People who want to help with the trial WSC must apply before Nov. 10,” says HR manager of the World Ski Championships 2011, Mari R. Nygaard (photo).

She says that the average age of volunteers is 45, four out of ten are women and nine per cent are foreigners or immigrants. Many of the applicants have a very good, relevant background. Cross country, and especially course marshalling, seems to be very popular. The organisers have also received many applications for hosting positions.

“We are still accepting applications, but we are coming towards the final phase now. Our goal is to get a highly competent team of volunteer officials in place,” says Nygaard.

The tasks for the volunteers cover a wide range of roles in accommodation, spectator services, various hosting roles, nation service, operating the WSC arena, implementing the sporting side, transport, parking and press and marketing work.  “I can promise some fun filled days, good memories for life, a unique experience to have on your CV, new friends and a wider personal network,” says Nygaard.

1,000 for the trial WSC

To create the best World Championships ever at Holmenkollen, and enthusiasm in the winter capital of the world, the World Ski Championships 2011 will rely on the efforts of more than 2,000 volunteer officials. For the trial WSC (a World Cup event) in March 2010 one thousand volunteers will be needed. There will be further recruitment in autumn 2010 to ensure full staffing for the WSC 2011.

Everyone must apply

Everyone who wishes to be a volunteer official must submit an electronic application. Click here for application form. You will also find all relevant information about criteria, duties and the application process.

Photo: Elin Bjørnsson, Newswire / Text: Oslo2011.no

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