"This is quite a sight for me. I don't normally stand here on the stage, this is where our stars belong, but today this stage is yours. You are the stars today, our volunteers," said Marion Schöne, Managing Director of Olympiapark München GmbH, welcoming all those present and all viewers in front of the screens. "What is awaiting you? I don't think it can be stressed enough that the European Championships are the biggest multi-sport event - in Munich, in Bavaria, in Germany - since 1972."
According to Schöne, an event this big can only be managed with the help of volunteers, and so she added: "We need you. You are ultimately the backbone of the European Championships. You will also be the face of the European Championships because you are ever-present as volunteers and will support wherever you can. Without you, nothing would work."
The volunteers can expect a wide variety of tasks in 16 operational areas, with over 40,000 shifts allocated across them. From spectator services to venue management, from anti-doping controls to sports competition - they contribute significantly to the complex operation of Munich 2022. Christina Hering can testify to how important this is from an athlete’s point of view.