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Help out and give it a tri

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August 04, 2017

Challenge Shepparton event co-ordinator Liz Connick, community and volunteer group sponsor M+S Group Accounting’s director Glenn Brewster and volunteer co-ordinator and Shepparton Tri Club secretary Stacey Shields.

Last year, the Shepparton Football Netball Club volunteered at different stations around the course. Pictured (from left) are Alan Davies, Anne Davies, John Bradaric, Will Phillips and Jackson Tennant.

Challenge Shepparton is calling on people to get involved with the two-day event as a volunteer.

Event volunteer co-ordinator and Shepparton Tri Club secretary Stacey Shields said about 300 volunteers would be needed in different roles to keep the event running smoothly on November 11 and 12.

‘‘There’s roles on all the sections, so the swim course, the bike course and the run course,’’ Ms Shields said.

‘‘We’ll need people to do pedestrian management, people around directing competitors, people manning the aid stations and on the ride course we need people to do traffic management.’’

Mrs Shields said most people who did volunteer at the triathlon did so as part of a service group, sporting club or school.

People who volunteer representing a club, group or school do so in a fundraising capacity and their organisation will be given a financial grant for the work.

‘‘Volunteering is an opportunity to fundraise for the group, it’s just one way the event gives back to the community,’’ event co-ordinator Liz Connick said.

There is no age limit or minimum ability required of volunteers, as each individual and group will be matched with a role within their capabilities.

‘‘We also run an information session for team captains in the week leading up to Challenge to give them information on the roles and a pack,’’ Mrs Shields said.

Mrs Shields said organisers consistently received positive feedback from volunteers about the event.

‘‘It’s the energy surrounding the event, it’s good to be involved from that perspective,’’ she said.

If you would like to volunteer at Challenge Shepparton, go to www.challengeshepparton.com.au/volunteer then download the form and follow the instructions.

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