Rugby League World Cup 2013 volunteers visit Parliament
Members of ‘Team 13’ – the name of the hundreds of volunteers taking part in Rugby League World Cup 2013 – were welcomed at the Palace of Westminster by Members of Parliament today (November 19) to thank them for their work during what has been hailed as the most successful World Cup ever.
The volunteers explained their roles at Saturday’s semi-final ‘Big Hit’ double header at Wembley Stadium. In what is set to be one of the most exciting and dramatic sporting days of 2013, England will take on New Zealand, followed by Australia v Fiji as each battle for a place in the Rugby League World Cup Final at Old Trafford on November 30.
Many of the Team 13 volunteers were either London 2012 Gamesmakers, or were inspired by the Olympics to get involved with the next major international sporting event taking place at Wembley Stadium, which was also an Olympic venue.
The visit was arranged by the Parliamentary Rugby League Group, whose chairman is Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland. He said “Rugby League World Cup 2013 has been a tremendous success and the volunteers from Team 13 have been a key part of the spirit of the tournament at every venue. It is great to see sporting volunteering continuing, with people who took part in London 2012 and those inspired by the Olympics to volunteer for the first time, all part of what will be a wonderful occasion at Wembley on Saturday.”
RLWC2013’s Team 13 volunteers come from all walks of life, from all age groups and represent almost all of the 25 host venues and training facilities across the UK. They include London 2012 Games Makers, Rugby League fans and administrators, a contingent from Australia and at least one former Rugby League World Cup player.
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Andrew Raju, a company director from Wembley, who was a London 2012 Gamesmaker
Simon Williams, computer programmer from Wimbledon, not involved at 2012
Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West, Chairman of Parliamentary Rugby League Group
Gemma Hill, duty manager at a leisure centre in Shepherds Bush, was a 2012 Gamesmaker
Ade Adeniji, sports researcher from Hayes. Worked on 2012 Paralympics and has volunteered at other sports events
Susan Gould, retired from Greenford, was a London 2012 Gamesmaker