The PyeongChang 2018 Passion Crew – Continuing a legacy of Games volunteering
The PyeongChang 2018 Passion Crew is 87,000 strong and comprises both the paid staff and the volunteers who are organising the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and the Paralympic Games that will take place in March. Of this number, 16,209 are volunteers, who come from all over the world, and who are making these Games special for the athletes, media and fans alike. These exceptional individuals are continuing a long tradition of Olympic volunteering.
In PyeongChang, the youngest volunteers are 16 years old, while the oldest is 88, showing that age is no barrier to getting involved and having the experience of a lifetime. While around 1,000 volunteers come from outside Korea, the language skills of the Passion Crew volunteers are outstanding, with at least 12 languages being spoken fluently by members of the crew, including Korean, English, Arabic, Mandarin and Japanese.
For some, this will be their first time volunteering at an event like the Olympic Games; but for others, it will be another opportunity to live the Olympic experience from the inside. According to the PyeongChang 2018 official website, Mona Yeganegi, a 29 year-old from Toronto, Canada, has made PyeongChang 2018 her fourth Olympic volunteering opportunity, having participated in London 2012, Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016.
According to Yeganegi, "In the past, I have been part of the organising team, the logistics team and the athlete welcoming ceremony. [I've been a] medal and flower bearer, an IOC official presenter at the medal ceremonies and the Closing Ceremony, and even an Opening Ceremony performer. I've also been a member of the medical team, a flag bearer, worked with the NOCs and as an IOC assistant, a press and media assistant manager and even a sports reporter."
Some of her Games volunteering experience even helped her in her career, as she later became a news anchor in training for the media group, CBC.
So, being part of the Passion Crew is not just about giving your time to help the Games run smoothly; it can also lead to new and exciting opportunities well beyond one edition of the Games. One thing is certain though: the Passion Crew are making it possible for the best athletes in the world to achieve their dreams, and for that we all owe them a lot of thanks.
Thank you Passion Crew!