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USA Fencing Seeks Volunteers for 2023 FIE Veteran World Championships in Daytona Beach

08/22/2023, 7:00am CDT
By Bryan Wendell

USA Fencing is on the hunt for spirited volunteers to lend a hand at the thrilling 2023 FIE Veteran World Championships at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Daytona Beach is calling — who’s ready to answer?

USA Fencing is on the hunt for spirited volunteers to lend a hand at the thrilling 2023 FIE Veteran World Championships at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The tournament runs from Oct. 11–16, but volunteer opportunities actually begin with airport assistance on Sunday, Oct. 8. While those in USA Fencing’s Region 6 will have the shortest journey to the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, anyone from any region is welcome to sign up to volunteer.

This is more than a chance to become a difference-making volunteer. You’ll also serve as an ambassador for USA Fencing and for the United States. With fencers from more than 50 countries expected to attend, you’ll embody the passion and hospitality that the U.S. fencing community has to offer as we welcome the world to the beautiful Florida coast.

This event will mark a return to USA Fencing’s long history of hosting international fencing tournaments. The 2023 Vet Worlds will be the first FIE (International Fencing Federation) event held in the United States since the pandemic began. Fans of the sport will remember that the FIE awarded the 2021 Vet Worlds to the United States, but because of mandatory quarantine periods and travel regulations, the event was first postponed and later canceled.

But now, we're back and ready to make history! And we need you to be a part of it.

Volunteer roles available

  • Tournament Set-up Crew: helping lay strips, assembling branding, hanging flags, and credentialing 

  • Time Keepers: assisting referees at the scoring table

  • Awards: assisting with awards ceremony preparations and participation. Includes setting up flowers, medals and gifts and assisting with the presentation of the medals. (Business attire required for this role)

  • Equipment Check and Call Room: assisting the armorers with equipment check and the call room. (Individuals in this role should be prepared to have to pick up and move full size fencing bags with equipment, weighing 25 pounds or more in many cases)

  • Camera Operator: operating a camera during designated fencing

  • Finals Bag Carrier: assisting competing athletes with their equipment bag during Finals competition

  • Move-out assistance: assisting event tear down, taking down flags, packing boxes and equipment packing

  • Accreditation: assisting with creating, organizing, and distributing credentials to athletes, coaches, and delegation members

  • Finals Prep: assisting with set up of finals equipment, operating flag pulley, and organizing award flowers and medals for presentation 

  • Veteran Gala and Awards Dinner: assisting with crowd control, credential checking, and ticket taking

  • Transportation Guides: assisting athletes, coaches and delegation members with transportation and event information in assigned hotel lobbies

  • Airport Volunteers: greeting athletes, coaches and delegation members at the airport and providing assistance in getting them to their assigned hotels

  • Children's Flag Parade: children will carry all the different country flags in the opening ceremony for the event

Every volunteer will receive:

  • A T-shirt to proudly wear during their shift(s) and take home after

  • Parking at designated lots near the venue.

  • A meal voucher for delicious eats at the competition venue

Ready to join the team? Head over to the sign-up page and take your pick: Sign Up Now!

Let's make the 2023 FIE Veteran World Championships a spectacular success together. Your fencing community awaits you!

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