POSTED: March 3rd 2013

Sochi 2014 Volunteer application window closed for Winter Games

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

March 3 – The application process to volunteer at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the Soc hi 2014 Organising Committee announced today. Via the official website, approximately 200,000 applications, about 8 applicants for each position available, were submitted since the submission process began on 7 February 2013.

With more than 2,000 applicants each, Great Britain, the United State and Canada were the most active of each country represented by potential volunteers. Around 21,000 applications came from 101 foreign countries.

“Volunteer work gives me an opportunity to realise my dream of helping other people,” Saint Petersburg volunteer Tamara Dolgushevskaya said. “I don’t just give a lot to this work, but I get a lot from it, too. At the Games in  London, I formed new friendships, I saw how people live in other cities and even in another country, and I got to know their culture’s customs and characteristics. Since then, as I work as a Sochi 2014 volunteer, I don’t have to get bored – I get to share my experiences with other volunteers of my age.”

Individuals between the ages of 17-22 submitted the most submissions, while elderly volunteers over the age of 55 entered approximately 3,000 applications. Russia’s Krasnodar region, Moscow and the Moscow district and Saint Petersburg had the highest number of applicants of within the host country. More women (65.5%) applied than men (34.5%).

“I have been volunteering for more than ten years, and the opportunity to see how major sport competitions are organised and staged is an invaluable experience,” Moscow volunteer Ksenia Fedorova said. “Learning and interacting with Olympic and Paralympic champions show that anything is possible if you persevere toward your goal.”

The most sought-after positions included Event Services, Transport, Sport, Ceremonies and Language Services. Volunteer training will begin throughout Russia from 11 March.

The Sochi 2014 Organising Committee’s 26 Volunteer Centers in 17 cities across Russia effectively processed the applications and are ready to conduct a training program for all Games volunteers who passed the complex selection process.

“Thanks to the Sochi 2014 volunteer program, I visited the Paralympic Games in London, where I experienced a true sense of unity with other volunteers,” Zelenograd volunteer Tatiana Khamanova said. “It opened up an opportunity to associate with athletes and people who, like me, value and understand what volunteer activity is all about. It is an honour to take part in the preparations for the Sochi 2014 Games.”

Sochi 204 Organising Committee-organised Test Events will allow 5,000 of the future volunteers during the 2012-13 season.

Earning a unique insight into Games-like conditions, volunteers will work more than 50,000 shifts with unseen slopes and stadiums. The early volunteers will then teach other volunteers at 26 Volunteer Centers in Russia.

“The volunteer selection program helped us as Games organisers to resolve an issue literally of a national scale by giving a powerful push to the development of the Volunteer Movement in Russia,” Sochi 2014 Organising Committee Dmitry Chernyshenko said. “Even today it has reached a new level, and has encouraged people to apply to become volunteers. Not only did we pick candidates, but we also created a volunteer selection, preparation and training system that is unique to Russia and which will definitely become an important part of our Olympic legacy. I am sure that the 2014 Games will encourage volunteer activity amongst Russia’s residents in the future.”

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