Curling fans are known as superlative volunteers.
In what other sport can up to 1,000 people take a week or more off work to volunteer support of an event... and pay for game tickets and their own uniform, to boot?
A new level of volunteerism begins right now, as of 6:00am today, Feb. 12. Because VANOC, the organizing commitee of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, has just opened the doors for some 25,000 “chance of a lifetime” volunteer positions.
Today also marks the official two-year countdown to the start of Vancouver-Whistler 2010. And what better way to kick off the stretch run?
“It’s the chance of a lifetime to join the team of volunteers as we welcome the world,” states the VANOC website.
“We’re looking for enthusiasm, dedication and a commitment to VANOC’s values of team, trust, excellence, sustainability and creativity. There are many shoes to fill and we need talented people to fill them – one of them could be you.”
They say it’s not a case of first-come first served; the online app will take around 35 minutes to complete, and some 40,000 telephone interviews will take place as a follow-up in the spring. So it might not be a footrace, despite what the Globe has written.
But if you’re a keener, you are well-advised to sign up right now, even if you’re not sure about the logistics of being in Vancouver two years from now. To be specific, who cares... apply anyway.
Imagine... the Olympic experience, from the inside!
Who knows, you might even request – and get – a gig with the curling operation.
Russ Howard is in Toronto this morning, helping to announce the news and rally the troops. Then he’s back in New Brunswick to try and qualify for the Brier... although he will be there with TSN, anyway.
There are other street festivals in other city centres across Canada, too.
So, take a moment and check out these three stories, located here, and here, and also here.
And then get your eyeballs over to the VANOC website, or this special Workopolis page, and get going.
It’s game on for Vancouver 2010!