Volunteers and technical officials will stand out from the crowd at this year’s Arafura Games with their eye-catching new uniform unveiled today.
The uniform, designed by Darwin graphic designer Sam Bondareff, features topographical lines that represent the journey athletes from more than 40 nations will take to attend the event.
Almost 600 volunteers have signed up to take part in the Arafura Games this year, and they will form an easily recognisable sea of purple throughout Games events and venues.
Arafura Games volunteer Kate Knuckey told the crowd at the uniform launch on the lawns of Parliament House that she is looking forward to supporting the local community and understands the benefits the games will bring to the local economy.
“I work in the construction industry locally, and that’s very big on ‘buy local’,” she said. “Arafura Games to me is local and it’s good getting all the locals involved to help present the event.
“It’s a terrific networking opportunity and I’m excited about taking part. I’d definitely encourage people to register as a volunteer. It’ll be a really worthwhile experience and lots of fun.”
Sam, who designed the uniforms with purple for volunteers and blue for technical officials, said the swirling pattern on the uniforms represents the currents of the sea.
“The little dots symbolise all the little steps taken by athletes in their endeavours and achievements in life, on and off the sporting field.”
The new uniforms were unveiled as volunteer numbers continue to increase. The Minister for Arafura Games Natasha Fyles said at the launch that volunteer numbers were looking strong, as well as athlete participation in the multi-sport event.
“The games are progressing very well,” she said. “We are also hitting our targets of volunteers with over 600 volunteers registered to help out and deliver Arafura Games 2019.”
Around 800 volunteers are needed in total, and organisers are on track to reach that number with the involvement of several community groups as volunteers.
Members of community groups including the Junior Police Rangers and Nightcliff Middle School Clontarf Academy will volunteer at the Games, alongside students from Marrara Christian College and Hen bury School. SEDA and Total Recreation have also signed up, so students studying sports development and Territorians with disabilities will also contribute to the delivery of the games.