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The Special Olympics National Games are held in Melbourne this year, and are fast approaching! This year marks the 10th year the Games are held, and it is set to be a great week!

From Monday October 20th until Saturday October 25th, 900 athletes with intellectual disabilities and officials from across Australia will arrive in Melbourne, ready to compete in a range of sports, including aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, sailing, soccer, softball, tennis and tenpin bowling.

There are a number of exhibition events to enjoy, including the Young Athlete Program, Youth Activation Program, Aussie Rules football and netball, as well as demonstration sports, cricket and table tennis, and Special Olympics need 900 volunteers to lend a hand to make the games a success!

From the moment they arrive in Melbourne, athletes, carers and volunteers will encounter a world-class sporting event that celebrates diversity, recognises achievements and showcases remarkable talent.

Volunteer Game Changers will be engaged to make the event one that is both memorable and rewarding for all involved. Volunteer positions will be available in the following areas: 

  • Family and Siblings
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Logistics and Support Services
  • Marketing and Media
  • Medical and Welfare Services
  • Special Events
  • Spectator Services
  • Sports and Competition
  • Team Liaison and Support
  • Volunteer Liaison and Support

Every volunteer Game Changer will be filling a vital role as together the team aim to deliver a truly remarkable event!

To join us in a Game Changing role, volunteers must:

  • Complete an online application process by clicking here 
  • Be at least 16 years of age by 19 October 2014
  • Complete a minimum of three volunteer shifts during the games duration. Shift needs will vary amongst the many roles however most will be approximately six hours in duration
  • Undertake all mandatory training and orientation requirements as designated by the relevant Games Manager

Some volunteer positions may require additional pre-engagement screening including a Working with Children Check and/or a National Criminal History Check. These requirements will be communicated as part of the application process.

If you are unable to become a Game Changer, we hope you’ll support the Special Olympics National Games as a FAN IN THE STANDS and show your support for athletes.

Get involved today!