World Athletics Championships organisers are looking for an army of London 2012-style volunteers

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Quick, get your applications in by Sunday 16 October 2016 (Source: Getty)

Missed your chance to be a Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympics? You’ve got another opportunity at next year's World Athletics Championships - but applications close soon.

Eh? What’s that?

The organisers behind the Summer of World Athletics 2017 are looking for 4,000 (unpaid) volunteers to perform a range of duties, from including transport, way-finding, meeting and greeting and accreditation.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 16 October 2016, so you need to get in there quick.

When and where is this so-called Championships happening?

The Championships will run for 20 days next summer, mainly at The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and at venues across London.

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When will I find out if I’ve been chosen?

Selection centres will commence before the end of 2016, with successful “runners” confirmed in early 2017. Apparently 24,000 people have applied so far…

But seriously. Volunteering? Isn’t that for the unemployed and the elderly?

If you’re still having a hard time deciding whether this is for you or not, here’s what Team GB’s 400m athlete Laviai Nielsen, who was kit carrier to Jessica Ennis-Hill during the heptathlon in 2012, had to say about her experience.

“Volunteering can be amazingly rewarding and to be at the forefront of a global event in the UK will just be awesome. If I wasn’t hoping to be competing I would do it again because there is no experience like it.”

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