The FedUni Road National Championships return to Ballarat again from 4– 8 January 2019. This major sporting event provides Australia’s best cyclists the opportunity to showcase their elite capabilities in pursuit of the prestigious green and gold jersey that crowns them on the podium as Australian National Champion.
Beyond the podium however the event provides a unique opportunity for people who are not necessarily professional cyclists to hone their skills and abilities in a range of different settings critical to the event’s success.
Volunteers plays a huge role in the delivery of any event but particularly the FedUni Road National Championships, an event that has a myriad of roles, responsibilities and logistics attached to it.
One volunteer at the 2018 edition of the race was Federation University Australia student Emma Powell, who was able to combine her Bachelor of Sport Management studies at the Mt Helen Campus with an event services assistant role at the event.
“I had heard about the opportunity at one of my lectures. I had been attending the event every year as a spectator ever since I moved to Ballarat in 2010 and always enjoyed the experience and thought of it as a very professional event that I should get involved with,” Emma explained.
Emma registered her interest online and was then approached by volunteer co-ordinators and given the green light to gain practical experience in an area of keen career interest.
As an event services assistant Emma’s role saw her doing everything from registering athletes on race days to collecting and delivering lunches for staff out on the course.
“I also did different things like providing support to the race commentators, assisting with presentations and setting up and pulling down the stage after presentations – even getting doused in champagne!,” she said.
“It made me feel proud of myself and my work to know I could be of value at an elite sporting event. I learnt that my studies and other university practical experiences were transferrable into a professional working environment.”
In 2019, the FedUni Road National Championships in conjunction with GTR events and Cycling Australia will provide opportunities for anyone keen to join the team responsible for delivering Australia’s greatest weekend of competitive cycling - something Emma is already excited about.
“If you put the work in and show you are passionate about event management the crew at GTR will support you and provide unique development opportunities that not only challenge you to develop your work practices but also look great on a resume,” Emma said.
So whether you are studying, looking for work experience or just want to be more than a spectator, why not volunteer at the 2019 FedUni Road National Championships.
The variety of roles on offer could see you gain new skills and experience coupled with the satisfaction in knowing you were a part of the team that got the FedUni 2019 Road Nationals wheels turning.
Whether it be for a day, a week or a month visit: https://gtr.rosterfy.co/register to register your interest or contact GTR events via: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written by Oscar Owens