Community sport and recreation relies on more than 1.7 million volunteer Australians each year. Triathlon is a part of this, being a sport that is heavily dependent on its volunteer base. Clubs are fully operated by volunteers, and often most major competitions rely on a vast volunteer crew to deliver an event.
As a volunteer you can choose how much time you are able to give and what sort of things you would like to do. Volunteers comprise a huge body of people who make an important social and economic contribution to triathlon in Australia.
Ways to get involved as a volunteer
If you are interested in volunteering, there are many different ways to get involved.
- You can contact local clubs in your area to see if they need anyone with your skills. Many volunteers get involved because they know someone already involved in a club, so check with friends or family members to see if they know of any clubs that might need volunteers.
- There are a large number of triathlon events held throughout Australia each year. You can volunteer at these events in a variety of positions including in the transition area, at the expo and out on the race course. Usually you will need to contact the event organiser to submit your interest as a volunteer.
- Alternatively, you can contact your State organisation to register your interest as a volunteer.
- When completing your annual membership with Triathlon Australia, you will be asked if you would be happy to volunteer at local triathlon events in your area. Why not say “Yes” to this, and be a part of the invaluable team who keep the sport running in our country.
Are you a Club Managing Volunteers?
If you are a club managing volunteers, there are some great resources on the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) website on the topic of People Management that can help. Click on the link below for more information.