GC2018 Games Shapers training kicks into gear

Role Specific Training for hundreds of excited Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) volunteers continued at TAFE Queensland’s Southport campus today. With 39 days until the Games commence on Wednesday 4 April 2018, today almost 1,000 Games Shapers took to the classroom to complete a large part of their pre-Games preparations.

Today is one of the largest single training days for Games Shapers with today’s sessions to cover roles across key areas including Spectator Services, Arrivals and Departures, Workforce, Venue Management, Venue Transport, Medal Ceremonies, Technology, Medical and Sports such as Lawn Bowls, Cycling – Road, Beach Volleyball and Badminton.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Chief Executive Officer, Mark Peters said all athletes are in training to bring their best to the Games and it is no different for our Games Shapers. “Our Games Shapers will be working across 24 Games locations and venues in Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane and the Gold Coast,” Mr Peters said.

“Games Shapers make a massive commitment to the success of the Games and we sincerely appreciate the time and energy they put in to ensure athletes, spectators, media and other key stakeholders have a memorable Games experience.”

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“We want to deliver a great Games and this training has been designed to get them ready for their Games time roles.” TAFE Queensland, Official Training Partner, Interim CEO Mary Campbell said today’s training is part of our extensive customised training program which will deliver over 360,000 training hours to the Games Shapers.

“In total our 15,000 Games Shapers have over 200 exciting and varied roles during the Games,” Ms Campbell said. “We’re proud to be delivering Games training and are working hand in hand with GOLDOC to provide the best training possible for the Games workforce.

“This partnership demonstrates TAFE Queensland’s capability to both develop customised large-scale training solutions, and deliver training and skills to Queenslanders throughout our great state.“Our paperless workbook model is a Games first, with all training on-campus being delivered electronically. This conscious, sustainability driven approach has been well received by Games volunteers, educators and the industry.


“More than 1.8 million pieces of paper have been saved by providing volunteer training online instead of printed workbooks for the Orientation and Role Specific Training. “Following the completion of Role Specific Training, Games Shapers will undergo Venue Specific Training in both online and face to face environments leading up to the Games.”

For more information, please email media@goldoc.com or contact:

Tamara Morris: +61 400 658 429
Manager Communication and Media
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)


About the Games Shapers:

– Games Shaper mission: GC2018 is our Games, and we will shape an unforgettable experience for everyone
– Games Shapers are part of something bigger
– We Shape the Games
– We are proud – proud to be part of something bigger
– We are vibrant – our vibrant energy sparks excitement
– We are committed – committed to shaping an unforgettable experience
– We are friendly – our service goes beyond a warm smile, it embraces the Jimbelung (friendly) Games

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– GC2018 runs from 4-15 April 2018
– 15,000 at Games time
– 360,000 hours of volunteer training from TAFE Queensland
– Youngest volunteer 16 years
– Oldest volunteer 92 years
– More than 85% are from South East Queensland
– 18 competition venues from Cairns to Coolangatta
– 24 volunteer venues including the Commonwealth Games Village and Games Family Hotel
– Over 200,000 pieces of individual clothing designed and developed by Hard Yakka
– 150,000 meals for volunteers
– 18 sports plus seven integrated para-sports
– One million volunteer hours required
– Over 50 medical facilities across Games venues
– 84,000 medical volunteer hours
– More than 1,500 medical volunteers
– 11 days of competition
– Up to 1.5 million spectators
– 6,600 athletes and team officials
– 70 nations and territories will compete in the Games
– Promote the Gold Coast to a 1.5 billion cumulative global TV audience
– 1,000 hours of sport