The Organising Committee of the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020 is proud to announce the launch of its volunteer programme on the occasion of Olympic Day on 23 June, exactly 200 days before the Opening Ceremony. The registration platform will be accessible via the website lausanne2020.sport/en/Volunteers.
It is indeed an extraordinary programme that Lausanne 2020 will be launching on 23 June. For the first time in Switzerland since the Olympic Games in St Moritz in 1948, 3,000 people of all ages will be given the chance to become Olympic volunteers, a unique opportunity to personally form part of the prestigious history of the most recognised sporting event in the world.
Volunteers have always been the face of the Olympic Games, shaping their identity. Their proximity to the action and the athletes allows them to share moments of emotion, and to celebrate victories as well as defeats with them.
Next January, volunteers will help to deliver the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020, which will welcome 1,880 athletes from more than 70 nations as well as their families, coaches and entourage members.
From 23 June on the registration platform, anyone interested will have the opportunity to choose from one or more of the eight competition venues of the Games, seven of which are in Switzerland and one in neighbouring France. The Olympic Villages in Lausanne and St Moritz, and the cultural and sports entertainment sites in the centre of the host cities and resorts will also be offered. Not to mention, of course, the Medals Plaza in the heart of the Flon area in Lausanne. On social media, the campaign will be accompanied by the hashtag #makeithappen, #rendslespossible.
Registrations will be open to all ages (from 16 years old for Swiss and French citizens, and 18 for the rest of the world), and training courses will be organised in the autumn of this year.
In the words of Ian Logan, Lausanne 2020 CEO: “Volunteering for Lausanne 2020 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of a prestigious, century-old story, that of the Olympic Games. It’s the chance to say ‘I was there!’ It is also the opportunity to enjoy an extremely rich intergenerational experience, and to meet the stars of international sport who will come to support the best young athletes in the world. It means taking part in a new type of Olympic event, a laboratory of new ideas for tomorrow’s Games. And it is also a source of pride for local people to showcase an ambitious and innovative Switzerland, in spectacular Alpine settings. So to everyone – young people, parents, grandparents – who wants to take part in this unique experience, I invite you to join us on our platform on 23 June!”