“This is the adventure of our lifetime” – training of volunteer coordinators continues

On 7 June, the volunteer coordinators of the Budapest 2023 IAAF World Athletics Championships gathered again at the Hungarian University of Sports Science (HUSS) as part of their training programme.

HUSS Rector Professor Tamás Sterbenz was delighted to report on his visit to the Csörsz Street sports complex, during which he was once again assured that the athletics track being built will serve the athletes' preparations for the World Championships very well.

„When we were awarded the volunteer programme, we were delighted because we felt we were taking on a really challenging task. This is a job that can only be done with humility, and we athletes are very good at it. I ask everyone to keep this in mind at all times", he reminded.

His speech was followed by that of Balázs Németh, who welcomed the volunteer coordinators.

"I'm sure you all know that this will be the biggest world sporting event ever staged in Hungary, and it will require a superhuman effort from everyone including the members of the organising committee and the volunteers. I hope you can see that we are all working hard to ensure that the world's third biggest sporting event will be of highest standards, and that all Hungarians can be proud of it. This is the adventure of our lifetime", indicated the CEO.

Dr Szilvia Perényi, Director of the Volunteer Programme also welcomed the 70 coordinators in the presence of Balázs Németh, CEO of Budapest 2023 NZrt. and Professor Tamás Sterbenz, Rector of the Hungarian University of Sports Science (HUSS).

Dr Perényi underlined that volunteer coordinators are a very important part of the programme as they will be in charge of 2,500 volunteers for the upcoming world event.

"We never get bored at these training sessions, we always learn interesting things about the World Championships and how it is run. The volunteer coordinators are a very important part of the event as they will help us to manage 2,500 volunteers at the World Championships. They will be working in a total of twenty-four functional areas. We are trying to equip everyone with as much knowledge as possible so that they will be able to cope with this extraordinary task", she emphasised.

The participants then the gathered in front of the university building for a photo session. The event continued with a series of lectures which concluded with a presentation by Dr Szilvia Perényi on the coordinator's tasks and the stadium opening.

As known, the event will be held in the newly built National Athletics Centre in Budapest with a capacity of 36,000.

Fotó: Fanni Béki

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