More than 100 students at World Triathlon Champion Flora Duffy’s Alma Matta, have signed up as volunteers for the upcoming MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda in April.
Organisers are looking for 600 to 700 volunteers to help with the international sports showcase series of events, when Duffy will defend her title on home turf for the first time in her champion career.
A spokeswoman said: “Warwick Academy has recruited 130 volunteers, over-reaching their target of 100!
“The school is closely connected with the ITU World Triathlon because it is the Alma Matta of Flora Duffy.
“A number of those volunteers are younger than 18 and we will have tasks for them. However, for the most part, we are recruiting 18+ as some tasks have a legal age requirement.”
Looking forward to the world class series that will put Bermuda back on the international stage, on a global platform, she said: “It’s a great gig because we only need half a day or one full day of your time.
“The skills and tasks that volunteers will cover range from, heavy lifting and dressing barricades along the course route, meet and greet athletes at the airport or hotels, Concierge Duties and Information Desk, Media Centre, Hospitality & VIP guest services, and road marshals (who will see the race right up close!).
“We are aware that Bermuda’s hosting of the World Triathlon Series, the second in the season on the world circuit, will be most successful with the help and support of the community.
“For that reason we are rewarding those who help us, with a very cool edition Puma T-shirt, which they will wear on the day as their uniform,” she added.
“We are interesting in hearing from all ages 18+. Volunteers can register online on tribermuda.com. This offers the option to select what dates and times they are available and what tasks they are most interested in.
“We are also listed on the Centre on Philanthropy website for volunteering.”
Volunteer training sessions will be held in mid-March.
“We particularly encourage people who live on the race course, who will have difficulty leaving their neighbourhood because the streets are closed, to use this as an opportunity to become involved and to sense the excitement of the event.
“We also welcome anyone who volunteered with the America’s Cup, as well as any BTA Certified Tourism Ambassadors.”
For spectators, she also noted that the elite cyclists racing along city streets “at very high speeds and lapping the Hamilton course ten times”, will make for a “spectacle like none other”.
“It’s exciting, it can be dangerous and it’s exhilarating to watch,” she said.
To further boost numbers, organisers will soon be issuing a Corporate Volunteer Challenge “to rally Bermuda’s large employers to recruit 20, 50 or up to 100 volunteers each”.
The company providing the most volunteer recruits will also be recognised.