The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation achieved a significant growth milestone on Monday when the 300th employee clocked on for her first day of work.
Mudgeeraba resident Angela Barac has taken on the role of Press Operations Officer, joining the team that will support the estimated 3,500 journalists and photographers covering the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
By the time of the 4-15 April 2018 Games over 1400 people will be employed to deliver the largest event in Australia in a decade.
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Angela was joined on Monday by 14 fellow new starters – the largest single GOLDOC staff intake at one time.
Completing a communications degree, majoring in Film, TV Media and Advertising in 2001, Angela has worked across a range of service areas, including sponsorship, hospitality, merchandise, marketing, transport and travel.
Angela has also worked in various roles at international events.
“I’ve worked on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the London 2012 Olympic Games where I worked closely with official sponsors and suppliers and liaised with organising committees and local vendors to ensure the most memorable experience was had by all our Olympic guests,” she said.
And she says she is looking forward to starting the role so critical to the success of the press operations delivery that will allow the media to tell the thousands of stories the Games will provide.
“I’m excited to be part of a team that will welcome the world’s press to my home, the Gold Coast.
“And I’m excited about joining the team that has given me the opportunity to work at home on a world class sporting event,” Angela said.
Angela said she enjoys the Gold Coast’s outdoor lifestyle.
“We have world class beaches which I get to enjoy all year round.
“Gold Coasters are very easy going and friendly. I never forget how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful part of the world,” she said.
GOLDOC CEO Mark Peters welcomed the new starters and said the GOLDOC recruitment drive is gaining momentum.
“Over the coming months, there will be jobs that will need to be filled across almost all of our 42 areas of operation,” Mr Peters said.
“They include positions in such diverse areas as catering, administration, events, accommodation, medical, technology and transport, just to name a few.
“We are certainly a unique organisation in that we require so many people with such a wide range of skills and experiences,” he said.
The GC2018 volunteer recruitment program will begin in February 2017.