By Gary Anderson

The APC has launched its search for volunteers to assist the Australian team at Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesThe Rio 2016 Paralympic Games volunteer programme has been officially launched by the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) as it begins its search for individuals to assist the team in Brazil.

Selected volunteers will be given the title of National Paralympic Committee (NPC) Assistant and will support the Australian team with various tasks, including in the Paralympic Village.

The APC is looking for committed and proactive individuals who value teamwork, diversity and inclusion, and are energetic and responsible.

The success of the last programme during London 2012 relied heavily on volunteers' local knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment, and as such, the APC says it will be targeting Australians based in Rio de Janeiro or those planning to attend the Games.

Volunteers will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs.

Applicants must be aged 18 or over by February 2016, be competent in English and ideally be able to speak Portuguese.

Volunteers will work closely with athletes from the Australian team as they prepare to compete at Rio 2016 ©Getty ImagesVolunteers will work closely with athletes from the Australian team as they prepare to compete at Rio 2016 ©Getty Images

To register an interest in becoming an NPC assistant to the Australian Paralympic team, individuals need to visit the volunteer portal on the Rio 2016 website and follow the registration instructions provided.

All volunteers must enter the Partner Code PRN10501 on the first page of the online form to ensure they are allocated to NPC Relations and Services area that will select and train all NPC Assistants.

Applications are due to close on November 15.

Once all steps of the registration process have been completed, applicants should email [email protected] and provide their name and telephone number.

After positions have been allocated, the APC will endeavour to have regular contact with all volunteers prior to its arrival in Rio to maximise their knowledge of the team and their individual requirements throughout the Games.

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