Fans rush to volunteer for the first Winter Youth Olympic Games

It’s not just the athletes who are filled with nerves, anticipation and excitement at the prospect of qualifying for the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck next year, over 2,300 hopeful volunteers are also keeping their fingers crossed for a call-up.

Almost double the number of people required registered to become volunteers, with only 1,200 positions available. And clearly the YOG word has spread far and wide, with applicants hailing from 35 nations, ranging in age from teenagers to octogenarians and coming from all walks of life.

A central pillar to the Games, the volunteers will be involved in all aspects of the YOG, from frontline services, such as events, ceremonies and sport, to behind-the-scenes services such as food & beverage and accommodation.

Agnes, 21, from Maryland, USA, who previously served as a volunteer at the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games, said of the opportunity: “There are both selfish and selfless reasons for why I applied to volunteer at the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

“Selfishly, I hope that these Games will be an extension of my educational journey with the Olympic Movement; I want to continue discovering the fascinating world of sport, as well as learning about other cultures and athletes. Selflessly, I want to take part in helping these young athletes realise their greatest achievement that stems from all the hard work and dedication to their sport.”

Good luck to all those who applied to volunteer at Innsbruck 2012 – the first Winter Youth Olympic Games would not be possible without you!