15,000 volunteers to join the Commonwealth Games


Gold Coast GC Games Launch Photo Surfers Paradise Goldy

A teacher, volunteers from Schoolies and Surf Life Saving events and a high school student are among the first to be inducted into the 15,000-strong volunteer team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones today welcomed the Games’ newest recruits at the Volunteer Selection Centre on the Gold Coast where, over the coming months, thousands of offers will be made to people keen to sign up as a Games volunteer.
“Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the community and their contribution to the Games is another important legacy for the Gold Coast and Queensland," Ms Jones said.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it’s great to see so many people offering to be part of the Games.    
“The success of most major events around the world is due in no small part to the tireless efforts of volunteers working behind the scenes.
“Our volunteers will be able to look back on the Games and know that their hard work helped achieve one of Queensland’s greatest sporting success stories."
GC 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman, Peter Beattie AC, said welcoming the first volunteers was a key milestone for the Games.
“We really couldn’t deliver the Games without volunteer power and I congratulate the first four volunteers on their selection. To receive 47,000 applications is fantastic and really demonstrates the community spirit behind this event," Mr Beattie said.
“While the quality of applications has been really high, we only require 15,000 volunteers and we are methodically working through the selection process.
“For all applicants, it’s important to remember this isn’t a first come, first served process and that the selection process continues with interviews ongoing until September.”
GOLDOC Chief Executive Officer, Mark Peters, thanked GC2018 volunteer sponsors TAFE Queensland, Seek Volunteer and Hard Yakka for their work with GOLDOC to promote the volunteer program and to train and dress volunteers.
“With the work of TAFE Queensland to train volunteers and Hard Yakka to dress volunteers, these partnerships will help deliver a really great Games," Mr Peters said.
More than 8,000 interviews have taken place since May.
Gold Coast GC Games Launch Photo Surfers Paradise Goldy
VOLUNTEERS – BY THE NUMBERS
  • 15,000 volunteers for the Games
  • More than 47,000 applications received
  • 91% came from Australia
  • 76% of Australian applications came from Queensland
  • Applications received from 117 countries
  • 99% from Commonwealth countries
  • Youngest applicants are 16
  • Oldest applicants 91 (2)
  • 18 competition venues from Cairns to Coolangatta
  • 24 volunteer venues including the Commonwealth Games Village and Games Family Hotel
  • 360,000 hours of volunteer training by TAFE Queensland
  • 150,000 meals for volunteers
  • 18 sports plus seven integrated para-sports
  • One million volunteer hours required
  • Over 50 medical facilities across Games venues
  • 84,000 medical volunteer hours
  • Over 200,000 pieces of individual clothing
  • Uniforms provided by Hard Yakka
  • More than 1,500 medical volunteers
  • 11 days of competition
  • Up to 1.5 million spectators
  • 6,600 athletes and team officials
  • 70 nations and territories will compete
  • 1.5 billion cumulative global TV audience
  • 1,000 hours of sport

Attribution: Queensland Government

Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones

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