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<p>More than 3,000 people were already signed up to volunteer for the 2010 Olympic Games yesterday, only hours after the application process opened.</p>




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Beckie Scott, gold-medal winning Olympic cross-country skier, poses with 2010 mascot Quatchi outside the UBC Student Union Building during a call for Olympic volunteers yesterday.



More than 3,000 people were already signed up to volunteer for the 2010 Olympic Games yesterday, only hours after the application process opened.



Donna Wilson, with the Vancouver Organizing Committee, said many of those applicants are from outside British Columbia.



"We’ve got (applications) from all the provinces and all the territories," she said, adding that VANOC is looking for 25,000 volunteers. "What we’re looking for is (people) who represent Canada."



Premier Gordon Campbell has long touted the idea that the 2010 Games are Canada’s Games.



Wilson said the fact that people from across Canada want to help during the two-week-long event drives this idea home.



Two-time Olympic cross-country skiing medalist Beckie Scott said the way that volunteers interact with international athletes will leave them with a lasting impression about Canadians.



"You experience volunteerism from the moment you wake up in the morning," she said.



"With the food services staff at the Olympic village, to your bus driver, to the people working at the course venues."




kristen.thompson@metronews.ca



















screening




  • In the spring, about 40,000 volunteer applicants will go through a telephone screening process.


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