Volunteers Make Biathlon Possible!

Biathlon events rely on the support of volunteers to provide a safe, fair and enjoyable competition experience.

It takes at least 50 volunteers to run a provincial level biathlon event, and over 100 for a national/international level event. Recording each shot, penalty loop, course loop, start and finish time requires a big team effort!

When you volunteer at our biathlon events you become an important and valued member of a team that is dedicated to building on a legacy of hosting provincial, national and international biathlon events in Whistler.

For volunteers interested in learning more about the rules of biathlon and taking on a leadership role, information about becoming a biathlon official is available on our Officials Development page.

Join Our Volunteer List

Keep up to date with biathlon volunteer opportunities by registering on our list of biathlon volunteers, or by contacting our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@whistlerbiathlon.com.

Current Organizational Volunteer Opportunities

The 2010 Olympics created an amazing legacy of the sport of biathlon in the Sea to Sky Corridor and Metro Vancouver, and we need your help to keep it going!

The Whistler Biathlon Society was founded to develop the the sport of biathlon locally, by hosting competitive and recreational biathlon events, and by developing coaches and officials through NCCP and Biathlon Canada workshops.

Our organization has been growing consistently since its foundation and we now need more helpers organizationally to keep things going!

At present we are searching for volunteers for the following roles:

  • Webmaster: post event information and photos on the website
  • Registrar: create online registrations using zone4 (training provided)
  • Volunteer coordinator: contact volunteers about upcoming events and maintain lists of volunteers for each event
  • Communications coordinator: manage the social media accounts and liaise with the media to promote our events
  • Fundraising coordinator: assist the board with the preparation of sponsorship materials and contacting of potential sponsors

These roles will be given responsibilities by the board of directors, who they will report to. Attendance at board meetings is not required. The time commitment involved will vary throughout the year around the event schedule but these roles should require 1-2 hours per week of time.

If you are interested in any of the above positions, or have any other skills that you think would be useful to promote the development of the sport of biathlon in the Sea to Sky Corridor and Metro Vancouver, we want to hear from you!

Please contact us at info@whistlerbiathlon.com if you are interested or if you would like to discuss any of these volunteer opportunities.

Join our great group in our mission to keep Olympic legacy of the sport of biathlon going!

Volunteering at Biathlon Competitions

Interested in volunteering at a biathlon competition? No prior biathlon or sport volunteer experience is required. On-site training is provided, and volunteers get front row seats to the action!

2017/2018 Biathlon Competition Dates

  • December 30: Biathlon Series 1
  • January 3-7: North American Cup 2 / Whistler Biathlon Open
  • February 9-11: BC Cup 2
  • February 12: Biathlon Series 2
  • March 17: Biathlon Series 3

Descriptions of Biathlon Volunteer Roles

Here are some general descriptions of the volunteer roles at a biathlon event:

Responsible for all matters related to the shooting range including:

  • Range layout
  • Manning and operating the penalty loop
  • Range grooming
  • Operation and maintenance of targets
  • Control and supervision of competitors on the range and penalty loop
  • Exchange of rifles and replacing lost/defective ammunition
  • Range scoring and recording

Course volunteers must be able to ski. Course volunteers are responsible for all matters related to the course including:

  • Course layout and configurations
  • Manning and operating the course
  • Trail marking and signage
  • Staffing feed stations
  • Course control of competitors

Timing volunteers are responsible for all matters related to time-keeping and control of competitors in the start and finish areas including:

  • Control and supervision of start, finish and relay hand over zone
  • Manning and operating all timing and start/finish functions
  • Compiling of records sent by other groups
  • Production of results

The competition office is an indoor job that works out of the race office. The competition office is responsible for administrative matters including:

  • Bib distribution and pick up
  • Providing information to teams
  • Control of registrations and entries
  • Manage distribution of results, start lists, minutes and protests
  • Provide materials such as weather information, maps and diagrams
  • Receiving protests
  • Organizing awards ceremonies

Stadium volunteers are responsible for all support functions in the stadium area including:

  • Stadium layout and configuration
  • Provide a safe and secure field of play
  • Adjust fencing and access control for different events
  • Stadium grooming, marking and signage
  • Ensuring competitors equipment meets competition regulations

Hospitality services is responsible for support functions related to volunteers and sponsors, including:

  • Volunteer check-in and coordination of onsite meals
  • Managing sponsors and other VIP’s on site

Responsible for providing first aid to athletes, volunteers and spectators if needed.

  • Must have a minimum of OFA Level 1 or equivalent
  • Stocked First Aid backpack supplied for shift