The countdown to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast has begun, and we were proud to work with TAFE Queensland as they announced their Volunteer Training Partnership. Over the next two years, TAFE Queensland will be training 15,000 volunteers to support the Games.
The official announcement at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre included the unveiling of a striking visual display feature designed, constructed and installed by The Prop House. The client brief was to produce an engaging visual representation for the official launch announcement, paying tribute to the role of the volunteers.
To realise this objective, the construction incorporates two layers. At the front, images of competing athletes appear on a perspex sheet. The images are semi-transparent to allow the eye to focus behind the scenes. The background image features a volunteer in the competition arena, representing the infrastructure and support without which the Commonwealth Games would not be possible. The display is housed in a large frame which not only provides the structural support, but also works to define the concept. For the initial launch, the display was installed on artificial turf, literally representing the grassroots component of the volunteers; providing an anchor to the image of the stadium grass and completing the visual impact.
The official TAFE Queensland Training Partnership announcement was made on Monday 29 February at The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.
The overriding message behind the display is that while athletes are paramount, it is the volunteers – the local, grassroots heroes – who shine in the background and are fundamental to the success of the Commonwealth Games. TAFE Queensland will be providing the training to ensure the Games volunteers are also at peak performance by 2018.