Commonwealth Games ... chance to meet some colourful characters.
Commonwealth Games ... chance to meet some colourful characters. Daniel McKenzie

Commonwealth Games: 15,000 (unpaid) jobs up for grabs

IT'S being billed the job of a lifetime. The money is terrible but the memories are something you can share with your grandkids.

 Commonwealth Games Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe used International Volunteer Day to announce applications for the Games' jobs of a lifetime would open on February 6, 2017 with volunteers also able to pre-register online.

"Queenslanders have a proud tradition of volunteering to support major events and there is none bigger in Australia this decade than the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast," Mr Hinchliffe said.

"The 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast will need 15,000 volunteers with diverse skills and life experiences for crucial roles at multiple locations including Games venues, the Games Village and the Uniform and Accreditation Centre.

Specialist training for GC2018 will be provided by TAFE Queensland at no cost to Games volunteers.       

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman, Peter Beattie AC, said volunteers will help make the Games great.

"Volunteering at the Games provides so many people with an opportunity to share the dream, which has been at the heart of the event since the Commonwealth Games began." 

GOLDOC Chief Executive Officer, Mark Peters said he had been privileged to attend many international sporting tournaments both as a player and official.

"Recently I have been involved in the Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast," Mr Peters said.

"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."  

Mark Grant was among the first to pre-register his interest in becoming a GC2018 volunteer, ahead of the opening of applications on February 6, and has had plenty of experience in the job.

Mr Grant's impressive major event volunteer resume includes Brisbane's 1982 Commonwealth Games, the 2001 Goodwill Games, and the Sydney, Athens and London Olympics. 

"From the opening ceremony, I was not only a volunteer but an ambassador for my country. I was engulfed by an overwhelming sense of pride," he said.

"It is a great opportunity to be involved in an event like no other."

Queenslanders can register their interest in becoming a GC2018 volunteer and keep up to date with the latest news on the volunteer program at: www.gc2018.com/volunteer



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