Your help is wanted at Special Olympics GB's 2013 National Summer Games in Bath
The search has begun for Gamesmakers-style volunteers to help out at a sporting event in Bath this summer.
Special Olympics GB's 2013 National Summer Games is being held at the University of Bath from Wednesday, August 28 to Sunday, September 1.
Around 500 people are needed as to oversee the events to ensure they run smoothly.
Bath Olympic gold medalist Jason Gardener told a volunteer programme launch at the Guildhall that he was looking forward to the event.
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Mr Gardener, who is a Special Olympics GB games volunteer ambassador, said: "Nearly 2,000 inspirational Special Olympics GB athletes will be heading to these games, and I am thrilled to play a small part in supporting this great event.
"At every place I have been to for the Olympics, I have been touched by the volunteers, now I want to give something back.
"I am pleased to be involved in the event in Bath, this city has been very good to me."
The games are open to anyone with an intellectual disability, with 12 events: athletics, artistic gymnastics, football, boccia, badminton, short-mat bowls, golf, rhythmic gymnastics, table tennis, ten pin bowling, tennis and swimming.
They will take place mainly at the University of Bath, with other locations including Bath Golf Club, Hengrove Swimming Pool in Bristol, and Bowlplex Bristol. Volunteers are needed for catering, administration, transport and logistics, communication, athlete entertainment, merchandising and stewarding.
Special Olympics GB's national volunteer manager Gaye Barber said: "This is a unique sporting event where volunteers play an integral role in the planning, preparation, staging, and success of the games.
"We are actively recruiting a team of 500 volunteers for the four-day period of the games, and are very excited at the prospect of welcoming new volunteers from all sections of the community."
One of the volunteers already signed up is Sam Haslam, 24, who has Down's syndrome, and has competed in many games in swimming.
"Having Down's syndrome doesn't stop me achieving, I have been swimming since I was nine. This year I am volunteering, it will be fun."
Held every four years, the games attract more than 1,700 athletes, and 500 coaches.
For more information on volunteering visit www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk and fill in the form.