Want to volunteer in triathlon but unsure of the opportunities available? Find out below the rewarding volunteer roles available throughout triathlon and the support and development offered by British Triathlon.
Event Volunteer: Triathlon Show London duathlon activity
Location: Triathlon Show London, Excel Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL
Dates: Thu 22, Fri 23, Sat 24, Sun 25 February – join us for one, or more, days
Help the Triathlon Trust deliver a fun, free bike-jump GO TRI challenge for children and families attending the London Tri Show. We provide the bikes, and everyone receives a certificate for participating.
GO TRI is a British Triathlon initiative that aims to make triathlon and multi-sports fun and accessible for all: https://www.gotri.org/
Working indoors, suitable for volunteers of all abilities, 16 years plus. We provide volunteers with a t-shirt, packed lunch and refreshments. Includes entry into the Triathlon Show London with time to go around the show.
You will be fully briefed on the day. Our volunteers help ensure a smooth and safe event and that everyone has a fun and positive experience of multi-sport.
Apply through Do-It at: http://bit.ly/TriShowLondonVol
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CASE STUDY; Dave Bellingham – Committee Member
I first volunteered in Triathlon when I helped set up the East Midlands Regional Committee in 1986/87. Regional representatives sat on the British Triathlon Association board from 1987 until it was restructured in the 1990’s.
My pathway to becoming a volunteer on the regional committee was involved in setting up Leicester Tri Club and as triathlon was developing I was asked to help set up the region. There were only a few triathletes and of course, even fewer who wanted to get involved in the administration & structure of organising.
British Triathlon have helped me as a volunteer. I have been able to access courses, for example, the Time to Listen workshop.
I think the greatest reward in triathlon is now that the sport is bigger, the region is linked into clubs and athletes, young and old so it is a vital link between the members and the Triathlon England board and those who run the sport.
Being a volunteer is always rewarding - the Regional Committee were privileged to be able to take some of the juniors to the inside of the action at the Nottingham Mixed Relays event (in 2017).
CASE STUDY; Nicky Busby – Tri Maker (World Triathlon Series Leeds 2017)
I decided to become a Tri-Maker after getting involved in various other volunteering roles in my home county of Yorkshire. I have been a Tour Maker every year for the Tour de Yorkshire since the Tour de France came to Yorkshire in 2014. I was also involved in helping at the 2013 Rugby World Cup in Leeds. I really enjoying working as part of a team and assisting in making an event the best that it can be!
The best part of being a Tri-Maker is the community engagement. It's an important role that ensures all spectators have access to event information by distributing promotional materials. I really like speaking to people and the feedback is always positive when you are giving much welcomed information about event day. For most people, they want to know which athletes are involved and where they can get the best view. Families also really appreciate the free flags and banners for their children. Being a Tri-Maker is also a great way to make new friends with people who are also giving up their time to be part of the Tri-Maker team.
It's great to be involved in a fantastic sporting event that the world is watching on their TV screens! It's a nice feeling to wear a branded t-shirt that makes you feel part of the event. Any volunteering jobs that you get involved in always look great on your CV and who know where that could lead to! Taking on something new can be a real challenge but can also be great fun so why not give it a go!?
There are a variety of roles that you can get involved in as a Tri-Maker. You may be asked to hand out water to athletes along the route, distribute guides to spectators, act as a crossing marshal, hand out flags and other 'freebies' or assist with VIP guests. If there is a specific role that you would like to do this is usually accommodated to ensure everyone is happy during the event.