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v. 11 no. 2
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OFFICE OF LIBRARY SERVICES 3 SynapsE VOLUNTEERING AT THE ARAFURA GAMES The Arafura Games, a week-long international multi-sport event, is held biennially in Darwin, Northern Territory. The Games have a 20-year history, target developing athletes across the Asia Pacific and beyond. The 2011 Games included 20 sports for able-bodied athletes as well as four disciplines of the Oceania Paralympic Championships for athletes with disabilities. Close to 2500 athletes from 41 countries participated in the recent event. Ensuring the exciting and unique sport of Sepak Takraw receives the recognition it deserves was one of the driving forces behind Faridah Antwertingers involvement as a volunteer for the 2011 Arafura Games. Faridah was also the International Liaison Officer and worked as a Media Officer. It gives me the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and from different countries and make friends, Faridah said. Helping to lift the profile of the Northern Territory and supporting great community events are also benefits of the Games according to Faridah. For Faridah, an Information Resources Officer at Charles Darwin University Library, volunteering at the Games also gives her a strong sense of achievement. It means that I am contributing as a Territorian as well as supporting the unique Sepak Takraw. Faridah said that anyone considering volunteering for the Games should do so. It is a lot of fun you get to meet people and make lots of friends, learn new skills and may be even travel. It is very rewarding in many ways. Faridah Antwertinger, Information Resources Officer (pictured above) Jayshree Mamtora with Karl Hampton, NT Minister of Sport Jayshree Mamtora served as a volunteer again at the recent 2011 Arafura Games and was recently presented with a medal by Karl Hampton, NT Minister of Sport, in recognition of her contribution to the Games over a number of years. This year and in previous years Jayshree served as a Team Attach for the Fiji team; each of the 41 countries that participated were assigned a Team Attach to provide support for them. A team attach will have the following attributes: As a Team Attach, Jayshrees duties ranged from meeting and seeing off the various sports teams from Fiji at the airport; liaising with the Head of Delegation, team managers and athletes in coordinating their transport and accreditation, providing information relating to various sports and meeting venues, timetables, competition programs, the Opening and Closing ceremonies, accommodation and any special dietary requirements. At the Opening Ceremony Jayshree marched with the team and carried the country banner alongside a Fiji athlete who carried the country flag. Most of all she was present at as many of the sports competitions that Fiji was involved in as possible (a real challenge!) in order to motivate, encourage and cheer the athletes, and be there to celebrate their wins and medals. It was a very full, tiring and challenging 7-10 days, working long hours to support the teams, but at the same time very fulfilling and a lot of fun! Jayshree Mamtora, Research Services Coordinator and members of the Fiji team