I applied to be a FIFA volunteer after a great experience I had when I was living in Vancouver, CAN, where I worked at the Media Centre for the FIFA Men’s U20 World Cup in 2007. I was able to apply my multilingual and Journalistic skills for ten days that I had worked there. In 2010, I also worked at the FIFA FanFest in Sydney and the Special Olympics in Newcastle last year, so with the Cup happening in my home country, I couldn’t say no.
I applied to volunteer last year, but I already had faith that Australia would qualify. And I got even happier when Australia was among the teams that would play in my home town, Porto Alegre.
Once again, I was part of the Media Operations Department, dealing with professionals from all over the world and from places that I never thought would be interested in our part of the country, like Thailand and Taiwan.
Among the volunteers, there were people who had travelled from countries like Peru, Canada, Germany and Turkey.
The day Australia played against the Netherlands, was the best. The Socceroos showed amazing football, and the crowd – a mix of orange and yellow – was cheering every pass and thoroughly enjoying the beautiful sunny day. It was the day that Tim Cahill scored what the international press labelled as one of the top five goals in the tournament.
It was also the day that I bumped into Craig Foster and Les Murray (Les took off before I could grab him for the photo).
As I’m deeply involved with Football, I went to Rio to take part on a Forum about Football for Women, and during my spare time, I was able to pay a visit to Flavia at the Rio 2016 HQ in July.
After Brazil, I’m now preparing to volunteer at the AFC 2015 in Sydney in January.
We decided to apply to volunteer at the 2014 World Cup because Ikumi enjoyed very much volunteering at the 2010 FIFA Fanfest in Sydney (we met Flavia and Jana there for the first time…..), the atmosphere was special and last but not least her national team, Japan (her birthcountry) performed well and was gonna qualify for this one as well.
I was personally involved in a previous World Cup (France 1998), enjoyed it very much and agreed that Brazil would be a special one. We applied to work in the Stadium Media Centre and selected our three preferred locations (Recife, Natal, Rio in this order) but after a Skype interview and online training we were offered the position in Curitiba (south Brazil), a place I did not know and considered to go because of the weather. After discussing it with Ikumi we decided to accept it, so the first week in June we left for the very long journey to Curitiba via Tokyo, Paris and Sao Paulo. We were wonderfully welcomed and literally embraced by the local volunteers despite the language barrier, worked 5 days shift in the Media Centre alternating front desk duties (basic info for journalists, photographers and broadcasters, handing out tickets for attending press conferences and for matchdays, lockers keys, printing out matches statistics and so on), with stadium and ground duties on matchdays (directing the press to their allocated seats, making sure broadcasters were not disturbed when filming, distriburing match printouts to accredited medias).
We were also asked to be at the media shuttle bus stop and media entry point for possible queries by the international press coming to Curitiba for the scheduled 4 matches.
We truly liked everything about our stay in Brazil; our host family was very friendly and understanding towards us, the food was delicious to say a little, the organization, security of a very high standard, public transport very efficient and free for us, the only thing that maybe was not amazing was the weather with very few sunny and warm days, most of the time we were suffering wintery weather like in Sydney and there was no beach to go to…
Australia-Spain was the match we enjoyed the most, we met a few guys from SBS. The memories of the short time we spent volunteering at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Curitiba will stay with us forever and we feel so blessed to be able to be selected (over 150.000 applicants) and to enjoy so much one of the world greatest sporting event.
Spirit of Sydney member and passionate volunteer Rosemary Mula has been interviewed on BBC Radio about her lifetime of volunteering for the Olympic Movement. Excellent interview …. well done Rosemary.
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Where did 14 years go ? Tonight we celebrate the 14th Anniversary of the 400m win by Cathy Freeman. The feeling was electric and so was the performance, what an athlete and what a star.
Here’s a flashback to the heady days of preparing for the Olympic Games in 1997. Pictured here are the first Pioneer Volunteer Team leaders and a special delivery of pizza by Chief Executive Sandy Hollway and Jim Sloman. Ahh those were the days my friends.
Spirit of Sydney celebrated the 14th Anniversary of the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games on board the historic South Steyne ferry moored in Sydney’s Darling Harbour.
Our team was thrilled to hear about the Rio 2016 Games update and especially the recently launched Volunteer program.
After 14 years we’re still going strong.
Rio 2016 has announced details of its ticket pricing strategy for the Olympic Games, and insisted that more than half of the 7.5 million tickets available will be priced at R70 (€24/$31) or less in a bid to ensure the event is “open to everyone.”
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Rosemary Mula has been busy in Brasil with he Volunteer Program getting underway in late August.
These are photos from the day when she went to the Favela (Rio’s poor neighbourhoods) to encourage people there to become 2016 volunteers.
Rosemary actually did the required blood pressure test and then joined the exercise group…..before the speeches.
Another milestone has been reached in the preparations for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games with the commencement of volunteer recruitment.
Spirit of Sydney member, Rosemary Mula, has been on local television in Brasil and involved in the Volunteer Program launch.
Local television covered the event and ran a story on the program.
Flavia Fontes, is the volunteer program manager and is very excited about the program. Like in Sydney, the volunteers will make the games and will bring much pride to the city and country.
You can watch the video of the TV story by clicking the following link. (Portuguese language)
The annual Sport Matters Sydney Spring Sail is back for 2014 and we would love you to join us for the 2014 Twilight Cruise.
Date: Saturday 20 September 2014
Departs: Campbell’s Cove Wharf
Click here for more details or to book.
Spirit of Sydney member, Rosemary Mula, has been featured in a story about volunteering on the Inside the Games website.
Read the story by clicking here.
Rosemary and Wilf Mula are volunteering with Team Tonga at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Rosemary pictured with a new friend in Glasgow.
Athletes relaxing on the lawn at the Commonwealth Games Village prior to the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday July 23rd.
Heres a Go Pro video of the UCI World Cup Mountain Bike course in Scotland. We think you’ll agree Mountain Bike is a pretty extreme Olympic sport.
The Spirit of Sydney Volunteers Group recently held another successful lunch at Sydney’s Darling Harbour on board the historic South Steyne ferry.
We were privileged to host Australian Paralympian Liesel Tesch AM who has represented Australia in Basketball and Sailing at six consecutive Paralympic Games.
Liesel spoke of her triumphs and struggles she experienced on her way to Bronze, Silver (Basketball) and Gold (Sailing) medals at the games.
After an excellent lunch served by the friendly staff on board the South Steyne Ferry Function Centre, the Spirit of Sydney Group assembled for a team photo with Liesel who happened to be celebrating her birthday the same day. Congratulations Liesel and HAPPY BIRTHDAY !
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Almost all Rio test events will be completed by May 2016
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