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VANCOUVER 2010: With Two Years To Go, VANOC Launches Volunteer Programme


With only two years to go until the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the Vancouver Organising Committee (VANOC) has launched its Volunteer Programme. The programme will seek to recruit about 25,000 volunteers, who will help to stage the 2010 Winter Games by fulfilling roles in areas as wide and varied as accommodation, sport, press operations and ceremonies, to name but a few. There are also opportunities to be had as a volunteer at different events in the lead-up to the Games. Get more information on the entire programme at

How Do I Get Involved?
For people looking to apply as a volunteer, they can now access a user-friendly online volunteer application process at The process includes two sections: an online application, and access to “On Your Mark”, an exclusive online portal that provides volunteer applicants with important recruitment updates, position information, training schedules and more. The application process will remain open for a minimum of six weeks. In addition, there will also be two volunteer centres located in Vancouver and Squamish, which will act as primary regional hubs for recruitment, deployment and training for volunteers residing in those areas.

“A Proud, Unforgettable Experience”
“In exactly 24 short months, the Olympic flame will arrive in Vancouver, and today marks one of the most important milestones on the road to 2010,” said John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer of VANOC at the volunteer launch ceremony on the date of two years to go. “Next to the athletes, volunteers are perhaps the most important participants in the 2010 Winter Games. They will welcome the world, set lasting impressions and play the largest role in actually staging the Games. It will be a proud, unforgettable experience for everyone involved and we look forward to welcoming thousands of enthusiastic applicants.”

Vancouver and Whistler will host the XXI Olympic Winter Games from 12 to 28 February 2010 and the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from 12 to 21 March 2010. The seven Winter Olympic sports that will be on show in Vancouver are Luge, Skiing, Skating, Ice Hockey, Biathlon, Bobsleigh and Curling.


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