Around 600 volunteers are preparing to lend a hand at the World Senior Karate Championships in the German city of Bremen.
They are from both Germany and further afield, and will fulfil a number of different roles at what will be the biggest event in the history of the German Karate Federation.
Bremen is due to stage the Championships from November 5 to 9, with 16 titles to be contested.
The recruitment of volunteers was launched a year ago, with the first application coming from Bavaria, 800 kilometres away.
Some of those volunteering previously helped out at the 2003 European Championships, also held in Bremen.
They will join one of nine different teams - management, logistics, tournament organisation, security, media/communication, catering, medical treatment, referee course or tourist information.
One volunteer, who will work within logistics at the Championships, said: "This is everything!
"Being in the middle of the World Championships, and support a sport that has changed my life for the better."
Applications to be a volunteer are still being accepted.
For more information, visit www.karate2014.de or www.wkf.net.
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