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Discussion: Seeking ORIENTEERING Volunteers for The World Games 2022!

in: Orienteering; General

Nov 11, 2021 12:29 PM # 
The best elite orienteers in the world will compete in Sprint, Middle, and Sprint Relay events in Birmingham, Alabama at The World Games, July 7 – 17, 2022.

Vulcan Orienteering Club (VOC) will need a lot of volunteers to make this a success. There’s something for everyone: start and finish crews; course testing; control watching and traffic control; arena setup; spectator event planning; and orienteering sport demo booth. We are seeking volunteers of all skill levels including a couple volunteer Team Leader positions.

Find out more about the requirements, perks & registration procedures over on the Orienteering USA website. Volunteer registration is now live, so why not sign up today? Help us make #TWG2022 an epic event!
Nov 11, 2021 7:34 PM # 
what are the actual race dates for the orienteering?
Nov 11, 2021 7:44 PM # 
Orienteering takes place during the second half

Thursday, July 14th - training day
Friday, July 15th - Sprint
Saturday, July 16th - Middle
Sunday, July 17th - Mixed Sprint Relay

We're looking for volunteers to help out with many aspects of the event, including helping with the elite races (start/finish/arena setup/control watching/quarantine), taking shifts at the orienteering booth to tell people how awesome our sport is, and also help with running a simple spectator event.

Sign up to help!

(Yes, it will be hot in Alabama in July, but everyone knows that "a friendship forged in the fires of adversity is a strong as one that has weathered the test of time.")
Nov 11, 2021 10:38 PM # 
I can't speak to the Sprint venues, but for those unfamiliar with the forest (Middle distance) venue, Oak Mountain State Park is an exceptionally enjoyable terrain, worthy of being on everyone's North American bucket list.
Nov 11, 2021 11:36 PM # 
+1 EricW re Oak Mountain. Even in mid-July orienteering there may be enjoyable.
Railroad Park is a horrible choice, probably selected for purely political reasons.
Nov 12, 2021 1:34 AM # 
Oak Mountain is delightful.
Nov 12, 2021 2:04 AM # 
Is there any information about the team selection?
Nov 12, 2021 4:51 PM # 
AJ - Nothing re: team selection that I am aware of at this time.
Nov 12, 2021 5:04 PM # 
To be clear, team selection is up to each country to do themselves. The organizing crew for TWG doesn't have any insight into this. For the US, presumably that means the US Team ESC are the right people to ask.
Nov 12, 2021 9:13 PM # 
We will be discussing this soonish.
In the meantime, I think the orienteering organizers are looking for some vetters; if you’re a Team member and know you won’t be going to the World Games, this may be a nice option for you.
Nov 12, 2021 10:14 PM # 
Yes, definitely looking for some test runners! Let us know if you're interested.
Dec 14, 2021 1:34 AM # 
Thinking of coming down to Birmingham to volunteer? Sign up soon! We need orienteers like all of you to make this work. Some of the more interesting roles need to be filled by Dec 31, so if you're planning to come down it's important to sign up now!

It would also be wise to start looking for a place to stay. There will be a lot of visitors in Birmingham and places are filling up.

Need some extra motivation—in addition to the joy inherent to being part of a really awesome team—to volunteer?

Volunteers get some nice perks:

• Official TWG 2022 volunteer uniform shirt

• Official TWG 2022 volunteer headwear

• Official TWG 2022 volunteer bag and water bottle

• Official TWG 2022 volunteer pin

• Complimentary Event Tickets: Volunteers will receive 8 tickets, and can earn more as additional shifts beyond the minimum are completed

• Participation in Closing Ceremony

• Volunteer appreciation event

• Meals while on shift

• I'll give you a cookie every time I see you at an orienteering event for the rest of the decade.

Seriously, who knows if the US will host another high level orienteering event in the coming years—this is a great chance to be part of something cool.
Dec 14, 2021 1:39 AM # 
Make sure to use code SORIENTEERING when you sign up so that we get your info!
Dec 14, 2021 3:17 AM # 
I signed up! Since I decided to hold off another year on going to Europe, why not spend some time in beautiful Alabama?!
Dec 14, 2021 3:56 AM # 
Be careful where you want to stay in the area, and ALWAYS be on alert and aware of your surroundings.

Top Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S., year 2020 data
Dec 14, 2021 4:39 AM # 
Hmm, Yurets, I think there might be some cities that are missing from that list because of differences in how violent crimes are reported and what gets counted.

But back to the Cristina's message: we really need help to promote O at this rare opportunity.
Dec 14, 2021 4:49 PM # 
What are the "Complimentary Event Tickets" for ?
Dec 14, 2021 5:27 PM # 
Volunteers are eligible to get comp tickets to attend select events when they are not volunteering. Does not include finals rounds and not all sports are included in the comps. There is more info about comps in this FAQ on TWG site.
Dec 14, 2021 5:40 PM # 
Some of the exciting sports you could go see: Air Sports (!), Beach Handball, Sport Climbing, and Artistic Skating.
Dec 14, 2021 6:07 PM # 
The Air Sports events are Drone Racing and Parachuting. Note that female Beach Handball players will no longer be required to wear bikinis.
Dec 14, 2021 7:49 PM # 
I live just north of Birmingham and have done weekly walks with my hiking club in and around he Birmingham area for the past 10 years. I find the areas where we will be very safe. If you have questions about a specific area, email me and I'll be happy to tell you what I know about that area.
Dec 14, 2021 8:24 PM # 
For a hotel stay, the area along Hwy 280 south of Cahaba river is reasonably safe, and is close to Oak Mtn, also off I-459 at Exit 10 in Hoover (but not closer to I-65).
Definitely do not recommend anywhere in Birmingham proper, or anywhere along I-20, east to west, which includes both Bessemer/B'ham Southern College area and downtown.
Pelham/Alabaster (south in Shelby Co.) along I-65 used to be good, but not any more. Oak Mtn SP is still safe though.
Yes, if you go north far enough-- it is safe, but not many accommodation options there.
Dec 15, 2021 1:09 AM # 
What a sad twist to the thread.
Dec 15, 2021 1:13 AM # 
If you've got some time to go exploring, the Wetumpka Impact Crater sounds pretty interesting.
Dec 15, 2021 1:21 AM # 
Yeah I don't think it's an ideal situation when having to tell people how safe an entire area is to stay in.

On an unrelated note, don't ever stay in St Kilda in Melbourne.
Dec 15, 2021 2:00 AM # 
Alabama is really only dangerous for certain kinds of people. But yurets may be one of those people.
Dec 15, 2021 2:25 AM # 
JJ, this sign along I-65 south of Birmingham is there for you
Dec 15, 2021 2:30 AM # 
That's awesome!
Dec 15, 2021 2:56 AM # 
I hear the devil wears Prada.
Dec 15, 2021 4:16 AM # 
I thought the devil was in the details.
Dec 15, 2021 4:23 AM # 
Somehow, I could picture JJ as Charlie Daniels' Uneasy Rider
May 20, 2022 5:23 PM # 
Shaping up summer plans and think you might want to volunteer with us in Birmingham after all? Sign up right now! Sport volunteer registration closes on May 31st. Contact me or Anne Mathews ( with any questions.
May 20, 2022 10:18 PM # 
Free tee shirt and hat for volunteers! (That might not be selling it …) Okay, seeing lots of awesome athletes in action in some even more bizarre sports than orienteering!
May 20, 2022 10:27 PM # 
And the cookies, don't forget the cookies.
May 20, 2022 11:45 PM # 
Cookies? Nobody said anything 'bout cookies....
May 21, 2022 1:27 AM # 
Fine, I'll come for the cookies.
May 21, 2022 2:16 AM # 
@cmorse, I sure did!
May 21, 2022 2:21 AM # 
I was momentarily confused into thinking this was the Commonwealth Games for a minute. They're also in 2022 in Birmingham but in that particular city they call them 'biscuits'.
Jun 23, 2022 7:47 PM # 
just saw an announcement on GAOC's site re training offered

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