Brazil’s Terezinha Guilhermina praises volunteers16.09.2014
The T11 sprinter says that the volunteers are crucial in ensuring that athletes can focus on their performance.
"The volunteers are crucial for the Games: their work ensures that the Games happen"
In addition to the incredible athletes, fantastic stadiums and passionate crowds, there is another crucial element: the volunteers. Often working behind the scenes, they ensure that everything is perfect so that the athletes can focus on shining on the biggest stage. And their work does not go unnoticed by the stars of the show.
“The volunteers are crucial for the Games: their work ensures that the Games happen,” said Guilhermina. “The athletes are there to put on the show, but without the volunteers backstage, nothing would be achieved. There are always people working with great enthusiasm, helping in every way: showing you where the bathroom is, getting water, organising the bedrooms, getting the sports equipment... and they are incredibly quick and efficient. The volunteers deserve my applause.”
Guilhermina is supporting the Rio 2016 Volunteer Programme, whose motto is ‘Be Your Heroes’ Hero’. “Being a hero is being something that can be admired, that people want to imitate. It’s making things happen in the best possible way,” Guilhermina said.
“We train for four years to be there experiencing this moment, that in some cases lasts just 10 or 15 seconds,” she added. “We need those people who can help us, people who can do everything with love.”
For more information about how to register, visit the Rio 2016 website.