Banner, 'Sydney 2000 Volunteers', polyester fabric, made in Sydney, 2000
This polyester banner, 'Sydney 2000 Volunteers, we made it happen', featured along the path of the ticker-tape parade, held on 5 October 2000 for volunteers in the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Starting at Hyde Park South, the parade weaved its way through George, Hunter and Macquarie Streets, and continued through Price Albert and Art Gallery Roads before finishing at the Domain. The parade route was lined with a range of banners including formal and informal variations.
Games Force 2000, the accredited workforce for the Sydney 2000 Games, provided the labour that supported operations at Olympic venues and events. The force comprised some 47,000 personnel, including volunteers, and contracted and official staff, and constituted the largest team of volunteers in the history of the Olympic Games. Following the guiding principle, "Delivering the Dream", Games Force provided a range of services including first aid, transport, security, spectator services, Games services, technical support and broadcasting operations. The team operated throughout the duration of the Sydney 2000 Olympics, with around 7, 000 personnel servicing the Paralympics, and 40,000 servicing the Olympics and associated events.
TAFE New South Wales was nominated as the Official Training Supporter Services of the 2000 Olympic Games. It developed a range of training tools addressing safety issues, teamwork principles, codes of conduct, Games Force operations, and venues and events. TAFE marketed the training as a component of its nationally accredited courses.
Games Force volunteers dedicated ten, eight-hour days to the Olympic Games. In return, they received commemorative pins, certificates, t-shirts, and ticker-tape parade through the streets of Sydney.