Olympic chance called once in a lifetime



Rafe Arnott/metro vancouver


Premier Gordon Campbell discusses opportunities the 2010 games will bring to Vancouver during an Olympic countdown luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom yesterday.


Organizers of the 2010 Winter Games start accepting applications for volunteers today.

The Vancouver Organizing Committee is expecting around 100,000 applications for 25,000 positions like ticketing, working start gates and offering translation services.

Nathalie Lambert, three-time Olympic speed skating medalist and Canada’s Chef de Mission, said volunteers play an important role in making the Games run smoothly for athletes.

“I find it amazing that people are so passionate about the Olympics that they want to give up their time just to be there and live it,” she said. “Very often it’s the only holiday they’ll have in a year.”

“It is such a thrill. I was there in Montreal. It was in my city. TV is great but it’s not the same as being there.”

Patrick Sullivan, president of Workopolis, which is supplying the online recruitment for VANOC, said volunteering at the Games will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“It’s a great thing to put on your resumé, it makes a great talking point and, gosh, you get a snazzy uniform, too.”

Sullivan said if you want to volunteer it helps if you can speak more than one language and if you have accommodation near Vancouver or Whistler.

If you’re interested in volunteering you can apply online at www.workopolis.com


volunteer positions

  • Olympic Flamewatcher, ensuring the Olympic cauldron at B.C. Place stays lit;

  • Airport greeter;

  • Ski-race starting gate staff;

  • Assisting with drug testing;

  • Translation;

  • Transportation.