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Volunteers are still needed for the 2007 Junior Worlds


by John Pinyerd
USA Canoe/Kayak
Wildwater Committee Chairman Email: jpinyerd@usawildwater.com

July 5, 2007 -- Marietta, GA

An exciting international race is coming to the United States for the first time and, more specifically, the Carolinas! The 2007 ICF Junior Wildwater World Championships will take place July 17-21, 2007. This race will bring in 15 Federations from across the world and 80 athletes for many hearty and exciting races in 1 man kayaks, 1 woman kayaks, 1 man canoe, and 2 man canoes. They will participate in individual and team performances. These athletes will race in a 3 mile classic race on the Saluda River in Columbia, SC near the Riverbanks Zoo on July 17, 18 and 19 and a short sprint race on the Wilderness Channel at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC on July 20 and 21.

We are in need of volunteers to help set-up and run the event on the following dates and locations:

  • Sunday, July 15 thru Thursday, July 19 - Columbia, SC
  • Thursday, July 19 thru Saturday, July 21 - Charlotte, NC

In order to sign-up, you will need to go the following web site: www.charlottesports.org. You will need to sign up to "Become a Volunteer." Once you have registered yourself, you can look for the 2 sign up locations for this event; one for Columbia and one for Charlotte. You will be contacted within 1 week of signing up to discuss your availability. If you would like to speak with someone directly about the event, please contact Susan Crossland at 704.608.2596.

Here is a detailed list of volunteer positions:

FOR COLUMBIA
Sunday, July 15
1:00pm - 5:00pm Race Office We need 2 people to cover this shift. This role will be to provide accreditations to the Media, Athletes, Team Members, Volunteers, Staff, and Officials and to check in the athletes and get them registered.
Monday, July 16
12:00pm - 5:00pm Race Office We need 2 people to cover this shift. This role will be to provide accreditations to the Media, Athletes, Team Members, Volunteers, Staff, and Officials and to check in the athletes and get them registered.
Tuesday, July 17
7:30am - 10:00am Race Office We need 1 person to cover this shift. This role will be to provide accreditations to the Media, Volunteers, Staff, and Officials.
8:00am - 2:00pm Saluda River We will need 10 people to assist the technical team with whatever their needs will be. The individual roles will be assigned when you arrive for your shift.
8:00am - 2:00pm West Columbia Amphitheater 1) We need 2 people to manage the Race Office. You will assist with posting the timing, making copies of final results to distribute, help guide the volunteers, and distribute the credentials to VIP's, Volunteers, Officials, Media. There may be other administrative items as well that are not captured here.

2) We need 1 person to manage the VIP tent. The President of the International Canoe Federation (ICF) will be in the tent and speaks German but is limited with his English. If you speak German, this would be a great opportunity for you.

3) We need 2 people available to be runners to handle one-off requests.

1:00pm - 3:00pm West Columbia Amphitheater We need 2 people to assist with running the Opening Ceremony. You will need to ensure the following are in place: tables, audio-visual, flags, music, awards. If you have done production work on events, you would be key to fill this role. We will also need to meet on Monday for a couple of hours to do a run through of the program. This timing can be based on the volunteer availability.
Wednesday, July 18
8:00am - 2:00pm Saluda River We need 10 people to assist the technical team with whatever their needs will be. This individual roles will be assigned when you arrive for your shift.
8:00am - 2:00pm West Columbia Amphitheater 1) We need 2 people to manage the Race Office. You will assist with posting the timing, making copies of final results to distribute, help guide the volunteers, and distribute the credentials to VIP's, Volunteers, Officials, Media. There may be other administrative items as well that are not captured here.

2) We need 1 person to manage the VIP tent. The President of the International Canoe Federation (ICF) will be in the tent and speaks German but is limited with his English. If you speak German, this would be a great opportunity for you.

3) We need 2 people available to be runners to handle one-off requests.

12:00pm - 2:00pm West Columbia Amphitheater We need 2 people focused specifically on the Awards Ceremony that will take place after the race. You will need to ensure the following are in place: tables, audio-visual, flags, music, awards. If you have done production work on events, you would be key to fill this role.
Thursday, July 19
8:00am - 2:00pm Saluda River We need 10 people to assist the technical team with whatever their needs will be. This individual roles will be assigned when you arrive for your shift.
8:00am - 2:00pm West Columbia Amphitheater 1) We need 2 people to manage the Race Office. You will assist with posting the timing, making copies of final results to distribute, help guide the volunteers, and distribute the credentials to VIP's, Volunteers, Officials, Media. There may be other administrative items as well that are not captured here.

2) We need 1 person to manage the VIP tent. The President of the International Canoe Federation (ICF) will be in the tent and speaks German but is limited with his English. If you speak German, this would be a great opportunity for you.

3) We need 2 people available to be runners to handle one-off requests.

10:00am - 1:00pm West Columbia Amphitheater We need 2 people focused specifically on the Awards Ceremony that will take place after the race. You will need to ensure the following are in place: tables, audio-visual, flags, music, awards. If you have done production work on events, you would be key to fill this role.

FOR CHARLOTTE
Thursday, July 19
5pm - 9:30pm We need 2 people to cover this shift. This role will be to hand out training bibs to the athletes and collect them when they come off the water. All bibs need to be tracked and turned in at 9:30pm.
Friday, July 20
7:30am - 10:00am We need 2 people to cover this shift. This role will be to hand out training bibs to the athletes and collect them when they come off the water. All bibs need to be tracked and turned in at 10:00am.
5:00pm - 9:00pm 1) We need 10 people to assist the technical team with whatever their needs will be. This individual roles will be assigned when you arrive for your shift.

2) We need 1 person to manage the VIP tent. The President of the International Canoe Federation (ICF) will be in the tent and speaks German but is limited with his English. If you speak German, this would be a great opportunity for you.

3) We need 2 people to manage the Race Office. You will assist with posting the timing, making copies of final results to distribute, help guide the volunteers, and distribute the credentials to VIP's, Volunteers, Officials, Media. There may be other administrative items as well that are not captured here.

4) We need 2 people focused specifically on the Awards Ceremony that will take place after the race. You will need to ensure the following are in place: tables, audio-visual, flags, music, awards. If you have done production work on events, you would be key to fill this role.

Saturday, July 21
7:30am - 10:00am We need 2 people to cover this shift. This role will be to hand out training bibs to the athletes and collect them when they come off the water. All bibs need to be tracked and turned in at 10:00am.
3:00pm - 9:30pm (Ideally we would like the same person performing the roles the entire time, as there will be no time to train people halfway through the evening)

1) We need 10 people to assist the technical team with whatever their needs will be. This individual roles will be assigned when you arrive for your shift.

2) We need 1 person to manage the VIP tent. The President of the International Canoe Federation (ICF) will be in the tent and speaks German but is limited with his English. If you speak German, this would be a great opportunity for you.

3) We need 2 people to manage the Race Office. You will assist with posting the timing, making copies of final results to distribute, help guide the volunteers, and distribute the credentials to VIP's, Volunteers, Officials, Media. There may be other administrative items as well that are not captured here.

4) We need 2 people focused specifically on the Awards Ceremony and Closing Ceremony that will take place after the race. You will need to ensure the following are in place: tables, audio-visual, flags, music, awards. If you have done production work on events, you would be key to fill this role. We really need someone strong in this area.

We hope you will come out and help us make our event successful!

I also learned today the this venue is running a $10k shortfall and can use financial assistance. Let Susan and me know of any donors (corporate or individual) that might be willing to help!

John Pinyerd
USA Canoe/Kayak - Wildwater Team Chairman
www.usawildwater.com
jpinyerd@usawildwater.com
O) 770-575-1433
C) 678-357-7843

   
 
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