Gaborone — With the Region 5 Youth Games approaching in December, the Local Organising Committee has found it prudent to train sport volunteers who will be on duty during the games.
The volunteers' training, which was held on October 13, was attended by more than 300 people including 14 international volunteers who were told about the importance of delivering memorable games.
Speaking at the event, Youth Games general manager, Steve Bothasitse told the volunteers that the aim of the games were to strengthen ties between SADC countries through sport.
He said during the games young people would have the opportunity to share their experiences, demonstrate their sporting skills and build lasting friendships.
Bothasitse said the vision for the games was to inspire excellence and set new benchmarks, adding that they would also provide an inspirational and motivational environment for athletes to perform to the best of their abilities.
The University of Botswana, with 3 500 bed capacity, will be the games village, while the opening and closing ceremonies are scheduled to take place on December 7-16 at the National Stadium.
For her part, Botswana Sport Volunteers Movement secretary, who is also the chairperson of Volunteer Services Committee, Tsholofelo Gaotswake said the estimated number of volunteers who would be on duty during the games was 500, including 14 international volunteers with four Portuguese speakers.
She said as volunteers, they had the responsibility to execute their duties promptly and reliably as well as accepting guidance and decisions of the volunteer coordinator.
Furthermore, she said they must be willing to learn and participate in orientation, training programmes and meetings.
"Also understand the role of the paid staff, maintain a smooth working relationship with them and stay within the bounds of volunteer responsibility, and keep internal information about the organisation confidential," she said.
Gaotswake also encouraged them to always remember the five P's saying they were preparation, positive attitude, punctuality, polite and people-oriented and personal and public safety, saying it would help them to execute their duties diligently.
Botswana will host athletes from 10 Africa Union Sport Council Region 5 member states which include Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, while Tanzania which is not a member, was also invited to compete in the games.
The games are expected to feature different sporting codes including basketball, boxing, netball, volleyball, athletics, including athletics for the blind, football, judo, swimming and tennis.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>