1. Accreditation - These volunteers will assist with the accreditation process prior
to and during the event, operating computers, issuing accreditation passes and
dealing with official 2009 Caribbean Games personnel
The 2009 Caribbean Games “Island Posse” Volunteer Programme was officially launched during the test match between West Indies and Sri Lanka at the Queen’s Park Oval on April 3, 2008. It is estimated that approximately 500 volunteers are needed to perform various functions for the five sporting disciplines that are scheduled to take place during the period July 13-19th, 2009. To date, two hundred and eighteen volunteers have registered to be a part of the legacy for 2009 and it is believed that the overall success of these games depends heavily on volunteer participation from individuals who reside throughout the Caribbean region.
A representative delegation from the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) and the Local Organising Committee for the Inaugural 2009 Caribbean Games delivered a presentation on the state of the preparations for the big event to the Third Meeting of Regional Directors of Sport convened at the CARICOM Secretariat Headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana on Oct. 17-18, 2007.
In or about 2000, Heads of Caribbean Governments determined that in order to further the development of Sport in the Caribbean, there is need for the Celebration of Games for Elite Athletes on a periodic basis. The Heads of Government also acknowledged that the Olympic movement is an essential vehicle if such games were to acquire appropriate recognition and accreditation.
Upon its establishment in 1999, one of the prime initiatives of the Caribbean Caucus of National Olympic Committees was the celebration of games for senior athletes and the adoption and expansion of the Carifta Games for Junior Athletes.
When the Caucus was succeeded by CANOC in July 2003 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic it accepted the mandate to establish and administer the Caribbean Games.