More than three times the number of volunteers needed to run next year’s Commonwealth Games have applied to help out.
47,000 people from across the globe have put their names down, but only 15,000 will be successful.
The first members of the team were announced today and include a teacher, volunteers from Schoolies and Surf Life Saving events and a high school student.
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Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones welcomed the Games’ newest recruits at the Volunteer Selection Centre on the Gold Coast today.
“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,” she added.
Most of the applications came from Queensland, however some overseas residents also want in on the action.
The oldest wannabe volunteers are 91 and the youngest, 16.
Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chairman, Peter Beattie said welcoming the first volunteers was a key milestone for the Games that will be held on the Gold Coast in April.
“We really couldn’t deliver the Games without volunteer power and I congratulate the first four volunteers on their selection,” 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.”
Unlike the ticketing ballot, volunteers are not being selected randomly. More than 8,000 interviews have taken place since May.
The remaining successful applicants will be notified between now and September.