Volunteers at the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in September are set to stand out from the crowd in a striking and sustainable official uniform unveiled today. 

The bold aqua and blue uniforms to be worn by 1,500 volunteers throughout the September 18-25 event are designed to draw the eye and allow people to easily identify the helpers among the spectator crowds.  

Highlighting the event’s commitment to sustainability, the polo shirts for the Wollongong 2022 volunteers, supported by Wilson Asset Management, are made from recycled materials under the Green Label of Wollongong supplier, Aceit. 

The release of the uniforms comes as Wollongong 2022 begins advising prospective volunteers of their roles over the coming weeks. There are still volunteer roles available and no cycling experience is necessary to join the team. 

There are two key positions that require more registrations: course marshals and volunteers for welcome and hosting duties. These roles will be front and centre at the event, and a key focal point for the 1,000 athletes from 70 countries and the 300,000 spectators who will be enjoying our city. 

The Wollongong 2022 volunteer program is supported by Wilson Asset Management, Main Partner of the 2022 UCI Road World Championships. Wilson Asset Management Chairman and Chief Investment Officer Geoff Wilson AO said the event volunteers were also champions of the community. 

“At Wilson Asset Management, as the investment manager for eight listed investment companies, we are passionate about making a positive difference to our shareholders and the wider community. The volunteers behind the 2022 UCI Road World Championships exemplify these same values and it is fantastic to see so many volunteers giving up their time to support the 2022 UCI Road World Championships. 

“The relationship between Wollongong 2022 and Wilson Asset Management was founded on a mutual objective of supporting people and creating a legacy for the community, and demonstrating the long-term value of investing in financial, physical and mental wellbeing through cycling and community engagement,” Mr Wilson said. 

Mr Wilson also founded Future Generation as a way to make a significant and ongoing impact in the community. The Future Generation companies are Australia’s first listened investment companies to provide investment and social returns, with Future Generation donating $52.9 million since inception to supporting children and youth at risk and investing in the prevention of ill mental health. 

Aceit Managing Director and Founder Gino Arcella said the company would supply 7000 individual pieces of volunteer apparel along with 1000 pieces for the staff uniforms at the UCI Road World Championships.

“To be a Wollongong company supplying uniforms for volunteers at what will be the city’s greatest sporting event is a wonderful opportunity and we’re proud to be involved,” he said.

“The use of recycled materials in the polo shirts is a positive step forward for sustainable clothing and is a commitment that Aceit and Wollongong 2022 share to support long-term benefit to the community.”

Stepping up to the plate as volunteers are locals Liam and Natalie Crowe from Mount Kembla and Kieran Heffernan from Keiraville.  The trio, who are long term friends, didn’t know each other had registered as volunteers and were thrilled when they found out. Kieran is the brother of Destination Wollongong Chair Tania Brown and has been hearing about the benefits of the event for the city at family gatherings.

Ms Brown said the UCI Road World Championships will be a pivotal moment for Wollongong and it is the volunteers who will leave a lasting impression on visitors to the city. 

“Becoming a volunteer is a great way to get close to the action and be a part of something special,” she said. 

“No special skills or cycling knowledge are needed as all volunteers will receive training for their roles. Register now, and encourage your friends and family to get involved, be it for a weekend or a few days across the week.  This is our chance to show Wollongong to the world and make the city memorable for the athletes, supporters and the millions of fans viewing the races from across the globe.” 

As part of a cycling family, Mr Heffernan said it made sense to be part of the volunteer program. 

“People still talk about how amazing the volunteers were at the Sydney Olympics and I’d like to be a part of the team delivering an international event in Wollongong,” he said. 

“It was easy to register to get involved and I know Wollongong 2022 will ensure I have the training to perform my role well.” 

Liam Crowe said it was the flexibility of the volunteer program that encouraged the family to apply.  

“It appealed to us that you don’t have to volunteer every day of the event.  With work and family commitments, we liked that we could only do weekends or select days.” 

Registrations for select roles are ongoing. For more information and to apply, go to wollongong2022.com.au/volunteer-opportunities