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25 March 201407:36

Get amongst it! Become a volunteer for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

If you ever wanted to be part of one of the world’s biggest sporting events this is your chance to join the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 volunteer programme.

Get amongst it! Become a volunteer for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 - Cricket News

This is your chance to join the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 volunteer programme.

The Local Organising Committee for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 (LOC) is looking for up to 4,000 volunteers across the 14 host cities in Australia and New Zealand to join its team and play a key role in delivering a successful global tournament.

Recently the LOC talked to two experienced event volunteers from Australia and New Zealand who were among the first to put their hands up to volunteer for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Greg McKie in volunteer action at a previous eventVictorian Greg McKie describes himself as a “serial volunteer” and views the ICC Cricket World Cup as a natural progression from his forty years of volunteering in various events.

“I find volunteering very rewarding. You get to meet great people, witness phenomenal achievements of elite athletes and have amazing experiences – all of which enrich your life,” says Greg.

Wellingtonian Ernestynne Walsh volunteered at global sporting events in 2008 and 2011, and says one of the most satisfying aspects is the appreciation received from local fans and visiting international supporters.

“It is wonderful when people tell you what a difference you have made and it’s great to hear stories from international fans about experiences in your country,” says Ernestynne.

One thing all volunteers seem to have in common is interesting stories from their volunteering experiences. Greg and Ernestynne are no exception.

“As a volunteer selector of a Victorian U16 boy’s cricket team at a carnival, I chose a batsman who simply could not bat so I ended up dropping him,” says Greg. “Years later at an event, the guest speaker was none other than the batsmen that I dropped - (Australian International) Paul Reiffel!”

For Ernestynne, it was a brush with royalty that sticks out in her mind.

“One time, the Duchess of Cornwall unexpectedly shook my hand while I was volunteering. I was wearing a pair of gloves that had several obvious holes in them. Next time I will make sure I wear gloves that don’t have holes!”

The motivation for Ernestynne to volunteer at major events is simple: “it’s about the people”.

“I have had so many fantastic experiences as a volunteer that I try to sign up to as many major events as possible. This would be the first ICC Cricket World Cup I have volunteered at and I’m looking forward to meeting more people from all around the world,” says Ernestynne.

As experienced volunteers, both Greg and Ernestynne have some advice for anyone considering becoming a volunteer at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

“Just give it a go and put in an application,” says Greg. “These opportunities don’t come often and you will get so much enjoyment and satisfaction out of volunteering.”

“Everyone has skills they can offer and there is a variety of roles available.

Check out the role descriptions at www.cricketworldcup.com/volunteers to find something that suits you and then think of examples to best demonstrate why you would be an awesome volunteer,” says Ernestynne.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Volunteer Programme – Quick Facts
  • Up to 4,000 volunteers are required across 14 cities throughout Australia and New Zealand
  • The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will run from 14 February to 29 March 2015
  • Forty nine matches will be played over 44 days
  • There are a variety of roles available, each requiring different skills and experience
  • Volunteers must be 18 years or older in Australia, or 17 years or older in New Zealand to apply
  • Successful candidates applying for volunteer positions will be interviewed in May 2014

Go to www.cricketworldcup.com/volunteers for more information and to apply