Like many, I always wanted to be an Olympian. Recognizing I was good in sport but excellent in none, I stayed active and volunteered my time to support local athletes in swimming and hockey. Though my work with sustaining the Own the Podium funding after the Vancouver 2010 Games, during my Masters degree, I realized there was an opportunity to volunteer for the Vancouver Games in 2010. How wild! I put my name in the hat and was lucky to continue my sport volunteerism with the national team.
To be part of the Canadian delegations means to be an ambassador for our country abroad. As many know, sports would not exist without volunteers. Giving your time to coach, administer, and support our athletes is an important part of our sport community.
Sport has amazing benefits. It’s not only about the sport performance or the physical fitness, it is also about building social connections, learning to stay committed to your goals, and the camaraderie that comes with being part of a dedicated community.
No one performs at the top level instantly, it takes years and years of practice to be ready for the biggest stage. In parallel, to support team Canada it begins at the local level. When you are a volunteer it is not about the wins or the losses, it is about being there and offering support in order for others to get a chance to compete and perform at their very best.
Canadian athletes travel to different areas of the world for Games, as their sport might have recently competed in a different regions of the world. As they arrive from everywhere, the individual athletes form one team; a red and white team with individuals from coast to coast to coast.
For all the athletes who will compete in Pyeong Chang this month, there are hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours invested by local community volunteers. Consider the following; who unlocks the door for the facility, who brings the athlete to the competition venue, who ensures that playing field is ready? Creating and maintaining the environments that allows athletes to thrive is something that is fundamental, but flies under the radar.
Thank you to each and every person who has dedicated a part of their lives to help bring our athletes one step closer on the journey to achieving their dreams.
If you are interested in volunteering in our community please reach out to a sport club near you, they will welcome you with open arms. If you are unsure where to start give us a call, we are glad to help.
To find out more about our community check out our video blog on CSST.