Prince George, Canada, is getting ready for the 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships and while most of the infrastructure to receive athletes and fans is in place, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) needs one more vital element to help run February’s event.
More than 250 volunteers are needed for a range of different activities as the LOC expects around 1,000 visitors to the Canadian city.
“We are looking for volunteers in various areas, from those to be on the course to those helping on the check-in centre, also with transportation or bringing people from the airport,” said Elisabeth Veeken from the Prince George 2019 LOC.
Those interested in volunteering at the Prince George 2019 Worlds can find more information by clicking ‘Volunteer Today’ on the Prince George website.
The facilities and competition areas are also being adapted to receive the Para biathlon and Para cross-country competitors.
“It is a bit different [than the able-bodied events]. We had to redo the course for the sit skiers and have also worked in the landscaping to set up new courses. Another change is in the shooting ranges with the electronic rifles for the vision impaired athletes,” said Jim Burbee from the LOC.
Outside the course, the infrastructure work targeted the accessibility for the spectators.
“We have focused a lot in accessibility and things like wheelchair ramps, bathrooms, opening doors, and height of the steps,” Burbee added.
The World Championships take place from 15 to 24 February.