In just over two months, North-West Tasmania will be swamped by more than 6,000 sportsmen and women as the State hosts a week-long, national sporting competition.
It’s the 16th Australian Masters Games, billed as the largest multi-sport participation event in the country.
An event of this size is a major organisational challenge, and the organisers have turned to the University of Tasmania to help train a 1,000-strong volunteer workforce.
In partnership with the Australian Masters Games, and with the backing of Volunteering Tas, the University has launched the Community Volunteer Program, a fully-accredited training course which will equip participants with a suite of skills and knowledge they can apply over the duration of the event, and then transfer as they donate their time elsewhere.
The program will combine online training modules with face-to-face sessions.
University of Tasmania Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community, Partnerships and Regional Development) Professor David Adams said the Community Volunteer Program aligned with the University’s vision to positively shape and support communities.
“The course builds on initiatives the University is already leading across the community, and this is another way we can empower Tasmanians to forge long-lasting change, importantly through volunteerism.
“As participants of the Community Volunteer Program progress through their training, we hope they might feel inspired to consider further education that will positively shape their personal development and future careers,” Professor Adams said.
Australian Masters Games General Manager Scott Wade holds a similar sentiment, envisioning the impact of the course will have far-reaching benefits.
“We wanted to contribute to the ongoing development of sporting clubs and the community in Tasmania through volunteerism so this course doesn’t just train-up a volunteer workforce for the Games, it’s training one which can expand into our communities,” Mr Wade said.
“Volunteering can offer great opportunities to gain confidence, new skills and build networks, which can make all the difference to someone looking for work or a career in a specific field. This course makes volunteering attractive for everyone to get involved.” Beyond volunteerism, the University of Tasmania will also explore ways it can leverage research and further engagement with the community."
Organisers are still seeking volunteers to perform a number of roles in the categories of accreditation, administration, brand, community, logistics, media and communications, and sport.
Most volunteers will be required during the week of the Games (21—28 October) however organisers are interested in hearing from anyone who is available now and in the lead-up to the event.
For further information, please contact: Dee Kapene, Volunteer Workforce Coordinator: 03 6447 5028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.