ASSEMBLING TEAM WOLLONGONG 2022 – VOLUNTEER PROGRAM SUPPORTED BY WILSON ASSET MANAGEMENT NOW OPEN

Registrations are now open to volunteer at the 2022 UCI Road World Championships in Wollongong and be part of an Olympic-scale celebration of cycling in New South Wales.

More than 1,500 diverse and passionate volunteers are being recruited for the volunteer program supported by Wilson Asset Management, to help the event in five main categories: welcome and hospitality crew, signallers and stewards, service team, fleet and transport team and people and communications crew.

Wilson Asset Management was announced as an Official Partner of Wollongong 2022 yesterday, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer Geoff Wilson AO said the organisation shared the Wollongong 2022 values of making a difference and creating a legacy for the community.

“Wilson Asset Management has a long-standing commitment to making a difference for our shareholders and the community, and this partnership reflects that,” Mr Wilson said.

“We find great value in the long-term investments in financial, physical, and mental wellbeing. By supporting the Wollongong 2022 volunteer program, we hope to communicate this message to the community.”

Event ambassador and Friend of Wollongong 2022, Governor-General His Excellency David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), said volunteering was a special way to be part of an event that will define the city and bring people together in celebration.

“Being part of a major international sporting event – such as the World Championships or the Olympics – is an unforgettable experience and a unique opportunity to work with others behind the scenes to create a lasting legacy for Wollongong, for Australian cycling and for our country,” Mr Hurley said.

“I recall hearing from those who volunteered at the Sydney Olympics how fun, inspiring and rewarding the experience was and I know Wollongong 2022 will be equally as memorable.”

Wollongong 2022 Chair Dean Dalla Valle said major events could not happen without the support of event partners and the wider community.

“We’re so excited to have Wilson Asset Management, an industry-leading Australian institution, join us on the journey to make the 2022 UCI Road World Championships a game-changing, world-class event for everyone involved,” Mr Dalle Valle said.

“Thank you to Geoff, the Wilson Asset Management team, the 1,500 volunteers and our future partners who will bring this event to life and create meaningful opportunities around the event.”

Wollongong 2022 CEO Stu Taggart said volunteer applications would be open for one month, so prospective registrants should act quickly to secure their position.

“We’re looking for people who are enthusiastic, love working in teams, are friendly and professional and can follow instructions but also show initiative,” Mr Taggart said.

“We welcome all applications from eligible candidates, and we value a diverse and inclusive workforce that celebrates the unifying power of major events such as the UCI Road World Championships.

“Come and join us behind the scenes, see what makes the wheels turn on an international sport event, meet new people and be part of this transformational moment for Wollongong and Australian cycling.”

Prospective volunteers must be aged 18 and over, be fully vaccinated and be able to fill multiple shifts during the event period to be eligible for a role. Applicants will register through a dedicated Wollongong 2022 portal via Rosterfy, a workforce solutions platform.

Australian Minister for Sport Richard Colbeck encouraged the public to consider volunteering at the event.

“Sport is part of Australia’s DNA, as is the spirit of giving, and volunteering at the 2022 UCI Road World Championships combines these two passions for one excellent cause,” Senator Colbeck said.

“The Australian Government is proud to support this event, and in particular the commitment to provide the community with equal opportunity to be involved behind the scenes and soak up a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

NSW Minister for Tourism and Sport Stuart Ayres said the 2022 UCI Road World Championships will be a highlight on the Australian sporting calendar.

“The NSW Government’s 10 World Cups in 10 Years initiative is all about securing the top international sporting events that will attract visitors to our state and create a lasting legacy through opportunities such as skill development and increasing participation,” Mr Ayres said.

“The UCI Road World Championships will be unlike anything ever experienced before in Wollongong. The NSW Government is committed to making NSW the premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific and we can only do this by hosting world-class events like the UCI Road World Championships, right here in NSW.”

Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM encouraged the local community to get involved.

“Volunteering for this international cycling event is an opportunity to meet competitors and visitors from far and wide. It’s a great way to promote our City’s unique landscape but also the warmth of our hospitality with a genuinely welcoming attitude,” Cr Bradbery said.

“What better way to show your pride for our magnificent city and to be part of this significant moment for Wollongong than to be a volunteer and see the event unfold from a unique perspective.

“You could be greeting visitors from around the world, driving guests around the city, supporting the safe delivery of the race or helping the event run smoothly. We are really grateful to everyone who registers to be a volunteer for their service.”

Applications open today and close on Wednesday 25 May, 5pm AEST. For more information and to apply, go to wollongong2022.com.au/volunteer-opportunities