Volunteers Make Biathlon Happen

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 Volunteer Opportunities

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

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