Va'a World Elite & Club Sprints 2016 Sunshine Coast Australia
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The Naturally Refreshing Sunshine Coast is host region and official destination partner for the 2016 Va'a World Sprints
Sunshine Coast Council
Sunshine Coast Destinations

Va'a World Sprints 2016 are presented by
Hawaiian Airlines

with the backing of major sponsors
Auther J Gallager
Hot Zinc FM Sunshine Coast

and official suppliers
Stay Oz
Team Elite Merchandise
Best Western Plus Oceanside Kawana

The 2016 IVF Va'a World Elite & Club Sprint Championships
are hosted by the Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association

Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association

on behalf of the International Va'a Federation
International Va'a Federation

Volunteer Registration

We need your help make the 2016 Va'a World Sprints the best it can be. As a volunteer you will have a significant impact on event delivery and the ability to make the 2016 Va'a World Sprints a truly memorable and positive experience for all. During the event you will be fed, watered, sheltered, loved and appreciated as well as being decked out in our Helping Hand support shirts and hats. To share the excitement and emotion of this unique event with paddlers from around the world please submit your Volunteer Registration Form. We need all sorts of people with all sorts of skills and we would love to have you onboard.

Helping Hands Volunteers

From Thur 5 May Linda Paine will be on site at the Volunteer Administration Tent (VA) and Co ordinating Volunteers. If you have registered as a volunteer but are not yet sure what your role is or where to go please contact Linda. Linda will also have Lanyards and Shirts/Hats for volunteers working across the duration of the event. If you can only help for a few hours here and there that is great and Linda will find you a job but the shirts and lanyards are for the long time helpers.

  • Sat 7 May 13:00 there is a Volunteer Meeting/Brief at the Volunteer Tent.
  • Sun 8 May - Racing.. all hands on deck

We have structured the event into Sections. Each Section will have a Section Co-ordinator to organise volunteers as required. While we have some key people penciled in we are still seeking people to fill some of these lead roles.

SectionCo-ordinators# RolesDatesResponsibilities
Site InfrastructureRon Grabbe203-5 May 2016
15-17 May 2016
Site Infrastructure set up and removal. Including Tents, Fencing, Signage, Ablutions, in accordance the Site Plan.
Course InfrastructureAllan Rassmussen53-5 May 2016
15-17 May 2016
Course / Lanes set up, maintenance and removal. Including lane markers, flags, dredging.
Site OperationsCliff Harris
105-15 May 2016Site operations including vendor setup, traffic/parking, amenities, grounds maintenance, medical, trades, security, ongoing site support.
IT and CommunicationsGrant Withrington35 - 15 May 2016IT/interfaces and data communication systems set up and operation. Including PC's/Printers, Live Results, Data Sharing, On Site Maintenance/Back up options, PA's, Video Judging and race recording.
Volunteer OperationsLinda Paine58-15 May 2016Overall Volunteer organisation and support. Including Radios/Charge/Manage Issue, food, rostering, report log, backup, induction, information booth, bag drop.
AdministrationEmma Harding/Virg Anderson55-15 May 2016All event and race administration including training times, results posting, and general management.
Presentations / CeremoniesEmma Harding/Gayle Mayes105-15 May 2016Co-ordination and preparation for ceremonies and presentations including Blessing, Open, Cultural, Close, Medals, Stage/Equipment, Media Management.
InfringementsVirg Anderson28-15 May 2016Infringements management.
AnnouncingJohn Herbert/Carmel Clayton68-15 May 2016Announcing, Call In, Ceremonies and Medal Presentations, MC's (English/French Translator).
Check In/HoldingJenny Cooper58-15 May 2016Paddler Check In and Marshaling.
Canoe HandlingKathy Barsby158-15 May 2016Canoe managment including handling, loading, and race management.
Canoe PreparationCraig Harris - Preparation
Grant Olds - Sourcing
205-15 May 2016V1 / V3 / V6 / V12 Canoe management. Including sourcing, rigging, and re-rigging, preparation (numbers/stickers/weight etc), handling, repairs, para access and set up support. Preparation includes canoe preparation and management for both Training and Race days.
On Water SupportPam Prescott
128 - 15 May 2016Support boats / drivers / offsiders, on water judging, refueling and boat support.
StartingSteve Mills
68-15 May 2016Aligners, flagmen. Responsible for preparation and management of all starts.
JudgingFaye Skrandies
88-15 May 2016Judging, results processing and progression, overall race control.
TimingCindy Rich
68-15 May 2016Timing including cameras, photo line capture and analysis, timing back up.
Para Va'a SupportGayle Mayes55-15 May 2016Para Va'a Support including classification, access, and special needs.
OfficialsTrish Johnston55-15 May 2016Race Director, this Section will consist of selected support personnel, IVF and Area Representatives.

Volunteer Registration Form



This is your contact number in Australia during the event. If you do not have a contact number please leave blank.


Email will be the main communication medium used.

Are you an outrigger paddler?
Have you previously attended a Va'a World Sprint Event?
Do you have a Queensland Boat License?

Any additional relevant Experience / Skills / Qualifications / Information

Section First Preference
Section Second Preference
Shirt Size
Are you also available for Australian Outrigger National Sprint Titles (5 - 7 Feb 2016)

Thank You

We will start working out possible section allocations and will then confirm placements.

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