Volunteers key to running a successful sport carnival
IF EVER you've wondered how important volunteers are to the success of sport, head to Bill Paterson Oval this afternoon and watch the amount of work and time involved to run a successful event.
More than 60 volunteers in several roles will work tirelessly in the background to ensure this year's Ipswich Little Athletics Twilight Carnival is one of the best experiences for hundreds of athletes competing today.
They could be flipping burgers, working as an official or marshalling the kids into their age groups for the next event.
They could be like Ann Bell, a dedicated volunteer at Ipswich Little Athletics Centre (ILAC) for 32 years, who will be recording athletes' times and distances.
ILAC secretary Bell said volunteers were vital.
"It takes a lot of volunteers to run such an event like this (Twilight Carnival)," she said.
"This carnival is regarded as one of the best run events because we have a lot of people involved and we have the right number of officials and experienced volunteers."
For most volunteers, it boils down to making a difference for clubs or associations who need a helping hand.
However, for Bell it's about seeing the joy on the kids faces.
"I like sport and I like administration so this is exactly what I love doing," she said.
"However, I mostly enjoy seeing the athletes perform well and being part of a great team.
"There's no better feeling than at the end of the day knowing you ran a successful carnival that finished on time."
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