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Topic: Olympic Games Volunteering
Posted By: Conrad
Subject: Olympic Games Volunteering
Date Posted: 15 Feb 11 at 1:59pm
Any one know what is happenning with those who volunteered to be an Olympic Games helper? I volunteered hoping to be given a job in Weymouth for the Games as part of the race management team or whatever, so far I have heard virtually nothing. Time is getting on, and now we can apply for tickets for the games. How do you apply for tickets when you might have a job as a helper? Is anyone organising RO teams etc in Weymouth for the Games?Confused

Posted By: s.a.l.t.y
Date Posted: 15 Feb 11 at 3:17pm
I have also applied to help out at Weymouth for the games. I recieved an email a while back saying they will be reviewing applications and we will contacted for possible training at any time between february 2011 and april 2012 or something, so dont worry if you havent heard anything yet there is still a while to go!


Posted By: tgruitt
Date Posted: 15 Feb 11 at 3:18pm
I have heard one of my friends has passed the selection to be a marshall/safety boat driver for the Olympics just the other day.

Needs to sail more...

Posted By: Simon Lovesey
Date Posted: 15 Feb 11 at 4:01pm
I applied to the technology team and was invited to an interview at Excel last weekend.
The timeline presented indicated that the selection process continues to April 2012.  It would appear that they are processing people by roles,  at the interview there were people interested in a variety of sports but all for technology.  I understand there are sessions planned for Weymouth in the coming months,  I guess this is where those who applied for the more specific sailing roles will get interviewed.
So not surprised that not everyone has had a response yet,  the number of people they are dealing with is massive -

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Posted By: benfalat
Date Posted: 20 Feb 11 at 8:08pm
Got an interview at Excel, London next Saturday (26th Feb(. I was able to choose any one of about a dozen 1.5-hour slots, at overlapping half-hour intervals; every single one of these still appears vacant, so does that mean everyone else has declined ?

My Head Hurts !

Posted By: radixon
Date Posted: 20 Feb 11 at 9:11pm
Still waiting to hear back from them. I take it you got an email rather than having to log in to the site?


Posted By: Conrad
Date Posted: 21 Feb 11 at 11:23am
Thanks to everyone who responded.
Have now heard that I have got an interviwe at X-Cel  Centre in a few days, so feel much better. Maybe we will not run out of time after all.

Posted By: benfalat
Date Posted: 21 Feb 11 at 9:20pm
Yep Radixon, email invitation & links to choose a time at Excel.
Also noted that "my application" has been taken off-site and is no longer editable, other than by telephone.

Posted By: Ralph T
Date Posted: 24 May 11 at 6:14pm
Had given up hope of being invited for interview & visits to the volunteer site were becoming less & less. However, having read this thread today, thought I might as well have another look & to my surprise, found an invite to select an interview time at Warwick Uni.
I have not received any emails & regularly check my junk & Norton folders, so don't assume that you will get an email.
Good luck if you are still waiting


Rumour is that race officers are human like everyone else, but then .........

Posted By: winging it
Date Posted: 24 May 11 at 8:06pm
If it's anything like athletics then all the key personnel already know they have been selected eg track and field officials.  those still awaiting interview are for minor roles.

Are you the Ralph T who will be PRO at the NSSA regatta at Grafham?

the same, but different...

Posted By: marky
Date Posted: 14 Jun 11 at 7:10pm
I hate to say that you are probably, without knowing it, volunteering for on-shore vacancies (car parking / marshalling). Most of the six Race Teams required have been working together and sorting themselves out for the last couple of years. LOCOG have a number of tiers required to run the sailing event (Top tier being Jury, second tier is Race Team (including safety), third tier is on-shore. Tiers 1 & 2 are approved by ISAF with a rubber stamp from LOCOG. I am part of one of the Race Teams and we have run the Finn & Star fleets for the last 2 years at Sail for Gold and will be doing so at the Test Event in August. Although we haven't been confirmed as a Race Team for the Olympics we have already been vetted by both LOCOG and ISAF and have had to run some pretty major additional events to see if we are up for it (Laser Worlds, Youth Nationals etc).

Posted By: Conrad
Date Posted: 14 Jun 11 at 9:21pm
Thanks Marky, I figured as much. Would be lucky to be given a job as car park attendant or trolley dolley. (Nothing wrong with trolley dolleys of course) but after all the hype and spin of volunteering, it is a pity that it was meaningless.
As a matter of interest, how did you get on the Race Management teams in the first place, obviously some time ago. I just wondered. Good luck at Weymouth.

Posted By: blueboy
Date Posted: 15 Jun 11 at 11:31am
Originally posted by marky

I hate to say that you are probably, without knowing it, volunteering for on-shore vacancies (car parking / marshalling).

That makes me feel better about failing to apply in time in the first place!

Posted By: marky
Date Posted: 15 Jun 11 at 1:38pm
Originally posted by Conrad

As a matter of interest, how did you get on the Race Management teams in the first place, obviously some time ago. I just wondered. Good luck at Weymouth.
Hi Conrad,
By chance Hayling Island Sailing Club put together a race team and I was standing in the bar at the right time!  We have been working together for over 4 years now with the intention of trying to be one of the Race Teams at the Olympics. It is a huge time committment and a thankless task but we have a laugh, get on with it, learn a lot and have a birds eye view of some great racing.
Each Race Team consist of about 30 people (Race Officer, 3 x ARO's, Timekeeper, Spotters, Mark layers, Course Safety Officer and a safety team etc).  We have seen about 4-5 people leave the HISC  team for various reasons over the years but have been easily filled by the ever growing reserve list.
The other race teams have been built around existing Race Officers 'contact base' and suggestions from the RYA and ISAF for suitable people available. In a way it is a classic example 'who you know' but if you don't cut the mustard or your face doesn't fit they soon find an excuse to get you off the team.

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