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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    GC2018 ‘volsrush’ as more than 47,000 apply to volunteer

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017

    GC2018 ‘volsrush’ as more than 47,000 apply to volunteer

    More than 47,000 people have applied for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to volunteer for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said volunteers are critical to our ability to deliver a successful Games, from 4 to 15 April next year, as they will help to ensure everything runs smoothly.

    “We need the best volunteers helping us to deliver a great Games and a terrific experience for the 6,600 athletes, officials and hundreds of thousand spectators and visitors to GC2018.

    “It’s wonderful that more than 47,000 people have put up their hand to volunteer at the Games and ensure visitors and athletes get to see what makes Queensland so special.

    “A big thank you to Queenslanders who have volunteered.

    “It will be an experience of a lifetime,” said the Premier.

    Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman, Peter Beattie AC, said to see so many people putting their hand up to help out is a great show of support for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

    “Some of our staff have labelled this a ‘volsrush’ and everyone at GOLDOC has been overwhelmed with the level of interest and support to the volunteer program from across the community,” he said.

    “The response has been fantastic and to everyone that applied, I sincerely thank you.

    “For all applicants, it is important to remember this isn’t a first come, first served process.

    “The GC2018 volunteer team will spend the next six weeks reviewing applications before official interviews commence in May.

    “The quality of applications has been really high so unfortunately there won’t be positions for everyone.

    “However, there are a number of other ways to be involved in the Games with opportunities to be nominated as a batonbearer as part of the Queen’s Baton Relay or by attending the Games as a spectator,” Mr Beattie said.

    Mr Beattie applauded the hard work and professionalism of the GOLDOC team who have worked so hard on the volunteer’s program.

    GOLDOC Chief Executive Officer, Mark Peters said the enthusiasm of volunteers at major events is infectious.

    “They’ll be the face of the Games and play a key role in shaping the Games experience for athletes, spectators and visitors to the Sunshine State.

    “I’m looking forward to visiting the Volunteer Selection Centre in May when the interviews commence to meet these wonderful people,” Mr Peters said.

    Additional VOLS data
    • More than 47,000 GC2018 volunteer applications
    • 91% of applications came from Australia
    • 76% of Australian applications came from Queensland
    • Applications received from 117 countries
    • 99% of applications from Commonwealth countries
    • Youngest applicants are 16
    • Oldest applicants 91 (2)

    VOLUNTEERS – BY THE NUMBERS
    • GC2018 runs from 4-15 April 2018
    • More than
    • 47,000 applications received
    • 15,000 volunteers required during the Games
    • 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 in the Games
    • Promote the Gold Coast to a 1.5 billion cumulative global TV audience
    • 1,000 hours of sport