Serving with Heart: The Volunteers of World ParaVolley

In sports, there are often people whose dedication and passion lay the foundation for its success. Behind World ParaVolley, an organisation dedicated to promoting sitting volleyball and beach paravolley worldwide, lies a tapestry of volunteers whose selflessness and tireless efforts have woven the sport into the fabric of communities across the globe.

At its helm are volunteers who not only establish the rules and regulations, but also spearhead programmes aimed at nurturing growth of its disciplines in many nations. The directors and team leaders, despite their full-time commitments elsewhere, pour their hearts and souls into shaping the sport. Theirs is a labour of love, driven not by financial gain but by the desire to see the sport flourish, enriching the lives of its athletes worldwide.

One of the most remarkable aspects of World ParaVolley is the dedication of its International Technical Officials (ITOs), who serve at events around the world. These volunteers undergo rigorous training and certification to ensure the fair and smooth conduct of competitions. Their expertise and commitment ensure that athletes can compete on a level playing field.

From grassroots level to the international stage, volunteers form the backbone of World ParaVolley’s operations. At every event, whether it be a local tournament or a prestigious international championship, volunteers of all ages lend their time and skills to ensure its success. Their roles vary, from competition, administration and logistics, to helping ITOs and providing support to athletes and spectators alike. Regardless of their age or background, each volunteer plays a vital part in making every World ParaVolley even an unforgettable experience for all involved.

In an age where self-interest often takes precedence, the spirit of volunteerism at World ParaVolley still shines bright and is a testament to the power of community in this sport.

As our celebration of World ParaVolley Day continues, it is essential to recognise and celebrate the invaluable contributions of the volunteers. Their selfless service is the true beauty of what the organisation is today.