Volunteers needed for international cycling competitions happening in Milton

Events will feature over 500 riders from about 30 countries

The Mattamy National Cycling Centre will host two international sporting events in Milton. – Torstar file photo

With two major international track cycling competitions taking place in Milton in late January, Edward Sitarski, volunteer co-ordinator with host organization Cycling Canada, is calling for residents to volunteer.

The 2020 Tissot UCI Track World Cup runs from Jan. 23 to 26 and the 2020 UCI Para-Cycling Track World Championship from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2. The Olympic and Paralympic qualifiers will be held at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre.

“These events could not happen without volunteers,” Sitarski said in an email. “It takes a village!”

Volunteers are needed in many areas, including sport, ticketing, merchandise, transportation, anti-doping, media and more.

Among the responsibilities, they will “operate the equipment on the track (start gates), distribute results to teams and media and do medal presentations.”

“Volunteers are anti-doping chaperones, act as contacts for media, experts for VIPs, greeters at the airport, and drivers when required. They help with event credentials and help athletes keep their equipment safely in the right place,” he added.

Help is also needed during Cycling Discovery days, where about 1,500 high school students will be visiting the Milton velodrome for the first time.

The international competitions will feature a combined participation of over 500 athletes and para-athletes from about 30 countries.

Sitarski, who works with Cycling Canada on top of his regular day job, said he’s proud to be part of the events.

“These athletes are the best in the world. What an opportunity to see them compete in Milton,” he said.

The organization welcomes high school students, parents, seniors and other enthusiasts — regardless of where they’re from — to join the team of volunteers. Some positions have additional requirements. Those interested can register online at http://167.99.187.124/VeloSched/Register/.

For more information, contact Sitarski at Edward.sitarski@cyclingcanada.ca.

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