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Games makers needed for 2021

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VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help out at next year’s NatWest International Island Games, and organisers have set out to find 1,000 Games makers to get involved.

Guernsey 2021 chairman Dame Mary Perkins called on the people of Guernsey to become ‘Inspiring Islanders’ as an appeal was launched for 21,000 Games makers for next summer’s NatWest International Island Games. (Picture by Andrew Le Poidevin)

Lt-Governor Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder officially launched the Games’ 500 Days to Go volunteer appeal at Beau Sejour this week.

It will be the biggest sporting event that the island had ever hosted, and probably the biggest visitor event as well, he said.

‘This is an opportunity to come together as the Bailiwick of Guernsey to show we can deliver a world-class event on the world stage.

‘Now we need to mobilise the whole island to deliver what I think is going to be a huge success.’

Guernsey 2021 chairman Dame Mary Perkins said it is anticipated that 3,500 athletes will be in the island for the seven days of the Games, which will see 14 sports being hosted across 25 venues.

‘I know that Guernsey is going to rise to this occasion, just like we always do,’ she said.

Volunteers director for the Games Wayne Bulpitt and Games director Julia Bowditch explained that a host of roles needed to be filled, such as stewards, marshals, time keepers and event co-ordinators.

Each volunteer will be expected to undertake a minimum of four six-hour shifts during the week. They would be supplied with Games-branded clothing and would be given basic training in things such as crowd control.

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Their week would culminate in a huge thank-you party.

‘It’s a chance to learn new skills and to work with like-minded people,’ said Mr Bulpitt.

‘We’re absolutely confident that we’ll get the 1,000 we need, but we’re not complacent.’

Dame Mary urged people to become ‘Inspiring Islanders’.

‘Spread the word. It’s going to be great, I just know it,’ she said.

. Anyone who would like to volunteer can register or find out more at www.guernsey2021.gg. To discuss volunteering in detail people can contact one of the team by calling 720215 or email volunteer@guernsey2021.gg.

Mark Ogier

By Mark Ogier
News reporter

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