Rocks are placed, bricks are painted, and fences are put up. Thanks to the hard-working officials and volunteers, Strandtorget is finally ready for trial.
Av: Helena Walle and Frid Osen
– Yesterday was my first day here. I spent all day painting big concrete blocks and putting up fences to make the area ready for trials, says Roy Røtvold.
He is a local guy working as a volunteer official. Most people volunteering are form Lillehammer or nearby. Also some colleges from other parts of Norway are participating. Røtvold claims that there are approximately 25 people volunteering at Strandtorget. He is working long shifts and will be working at Strandtorget until the last finals, which is on Saturday.
This is his third year volunteering, but previously he has worked in Hafjell. The program at Strandtorget is actually brand new this year. Last year he worked as a sheriff, which means he brought in people for drug testing.
– Despite the fact that I do not know a whole lot about the sport, I enjoy to watch the competitions, he says.
Although yesterday was Røtvolds first day at Strandtorget, the preparations have been going on for a long time. Two weeks ago Røtvold saw big rocks being placed on the lawn outside Strandtorget.
– I had no idea what it was. My first thought was that there was going to be an exhibition or something, he laughs.
Ane Olstad Grasbakken (25) and Lalo Peshawa (23) from the College of Lillehammer are also working as volunteers at Strandtorget. They are hired to do a big screen production for UCI. There are a total of 25 students volunteering from the school to make the bigscreen production. They arrived Strandtorget on Monday, and will be working on the production until Saturday. They are really excited to work during the World Championships as they get to see the contests and work with the speaker. They are hoping to see some of the exercises in Hafjell as well.