Your chance to perform in the Games ceremonies

13th August 2017 12:01 PM
Dancers perform during the opening ceremony for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India. Just as in India in 2010, there will be plenty of performers needed for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Victor Caivano

IF you ever wanted to be part of the opening or closing ceremonies of a Commonwealth Games, now's your chance.

Organisers of the Gold Coast Games have begun their search for volunteers to take part in next year's spectacles - and you don't have to bring anything to the table except enthusiasm.

From 10am Monday they will be accepting applications from people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds wanting to be part of the gala events.

On Sunday, surf lifesavers will be put through their paces on the Gold Coast in a series of acting, singing and dancing workshops ahead of their roles at the Games.

Minister for Innovation Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business, Leeanne Enoch, representing Commonwealth Games Minister Kate Jones, commended the lifesavers for swapping the surf for the centre stage at the opening and closing ceremonies.

"It's going to be one of Queensland's greatest success stories and I'm thrilled that Games organisers have chosen to highlight our lifesaving volunteers and their iconic red and yellow colours,” Ms Enoch said.

"Their images will be beamed to a global television audience of hundreds of thousands.”

Games chairman Peter Beattie said the opening and closing ceremonies represented a rare opportunity for thousands of people to participate in the Games.

"Hundreds of surf lifesavers have already been cast to perform a specific role in the opening ceremony, welcoming the athletes of the Commonwealth to the Gold Coast,” he said.

SLSQ president Mark Fife said being involved in the ceremonies was a fantastic opportunity for the organisation and its members.

"It's a really exciting, and truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for SLSQ and our members, and we're thrilled to be involved in the opening and closingcCeremonies,” he said.

"It will highlight the lifesaving work of our volunteers, and help show international tourists coming into the Gold Coast about how to stay safe on the beach.

"We're expecting a significant influx in beachgoers throughout the Games and, hopefully after this, they'll recognise our surf lifesavers in their iconic red and yellow colours and know to stay safe by swimming between the flags.”

The opening ceremony will be held at Carrara Stadium on April 4, with the closing ceremony at the same venue on April 15.

Volunteering details are on the 2018 Gold Coast Games website.