As with most of our competitions and events nation wide, the 2016 NZ GymSports Championships would not be possible without the generosity of our volunteers. This year, more than 160 volunteers gave up their time to help us pull off our biggest annual event.
More than half were Southland locals – some just saw the event on Facebook and wanted to be part of it and others traveled with their provinces. Then there was the group of volunteers from Invercargill Gymnastics Club who arrived before anyone else, to unload trucks and containers full of equipment, and were still there at the end to pack it all back up again. We also had a chap travel from Tapanui – 100km away. A big hearty thank you to you all!
Most do not realise that all of our judges are also volunteers. Not only do they give up time with their families during school holidays, but in most cases, take annual leave from their day jobs so that we can have judging panels. A huge thank you to all of our judges also, especially to those who continue to do it year after year!
Some volunteers have worked more than one National Championships and for others, it was their first time. We had a quick chat with Karen Sinclair from Invercargill, who was one of our first time volunteers this year…
What motivated you to volunteer at the New Zealand Gymsports Championships this year?
“As I didn’t have anything important on that particular time, and always enjoy helping organisations, I was only too happy to accept the offer of volunteering at the Champs in Invercargill. The organisers were very obliging, and I was able to work the days, and times, that suited me with no pressure.”
What did you enjoy most about your volunteer experience?
“My most enjoyable experience from volunteering was meeting people and being of help to such a great Team and watching some great gymnasts in action at different events. The most interesting event was probably the trampoline and the rhythmic sections. I wasn’t helping in the rhythmic section but was able to watch when I wasn’t busy. I learnt a lot about the competitions and all the work that goes on preparing for it. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and wouldn’t hesitate to volunteer next time it’s in Invercargill.”