“Volunteers were the backbone of the Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games,” said CEO Peter Bayer – and the YOG team has to agree.
Without the motivation, support and dedication of the 1,357 Innsbruck 2012 volunteers, the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games could not have taken place.
From October 2010 until June 2011, volunteers were recruited individually and through cooperations with national and international partners. This recruitment phase was then followed by the job allocation phase and autumn 2011 was filled with training courses, from the YOG Orientation Training to Job Training Sessions and, in the run-up to the Games, the Venue Familiarisation Training.
Volunteer Management developed all these sessions and personally conducted the YOG Orientation Training. With the addition of an incentive programme, preparation intensified as the Games approached. This included developing the work schedules in cooperation with the other Functional Areas.
During Games-time, Volunteer Management was responsible for coordinating, motivating and supporting the Innsbruck 2012 volunteers. The aim of the post-Games phase was to highlight the hard work carried out by the 1,357 volunteers and recognise their incredible 112,000 man-hours during the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games.
Peter was right: Volunteers really were the backbone of these Games!