26 March 2021

Svetlana Skachkova, volunteer: “It’s so cool to talk to athletes and see their emotions right after the victory!”

Sopka Сluster in Krasnoyarsk hosts the FIS World Junior Champs 2021 from 18 to 27 March. During the competition, the organizers are assisted by 389 volunteers aged 16 to 65.

These volunteers are not only locals: residents of other regions also came to the 2021 Championship: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Krasnodar, Barnaul, Kaliningrad, Orenburg, Ulyanovsk, Kislovodsk, Arkhangelsk, Samara and others regions. The guys got the opportunity to work at these international competitions thanks to the Volunteer Mobility Program, allowing volunteers to participate in major sports and cultural events.

Thanks to this Program, Nikolay Ryabinov, from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, came to international competitions for the first time as a volunteer: “This week I have already worked on three functions: a race-office, an information desk, a medical volunteer. I like this work for diversity, change of activity, broadening of horizons. Previously, I only participated in events held in my city or region, so the FIS Junior World Champs 2021 is a very interesting experience. I’m glad I have come here: Krasnoyarsk is a very beautiful city. There are mountains nearby. Nature is within walking distance.”

During the competition, volunteers are involved in 17 functional areas. Volunteers assist and support many areas: take part in the awarding ceremonies, help judges, spectators and much more.

 “I came from Tomsk under the Volunteer Mobility Program,” said Svetlana Skachkova. “Despite the fact that I live quite close to Krasnoyarsk, this is my first visit here. My duties include interviews with athletes, scripting and translating texts. It’s so cool to talk to athletes and see their emotions straight after the victory! Also, I practice my English here. Before that, I worked at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the WorldSkills 2019, both times in Kazan. I had unique responsibilities at each of the events. It is very interesting to try and learn something new every time.”

A noticeable fact: it is the first time when the competitions are held in all freestyle and snowboard events at one venue. Athletes from 28 countries of the world take part in the tournament.