Coal Bowl teams ex­pe­ri­ence Cape Bre­ton cul­ture

Cape Breton Post - - GLACE BAY/NEW WATERFORD -

NEW WATER­FORD — A team par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 29th an­nual Coal Bowl Clas­sic dipped into many as­pects of Cape Bre­ton cul­ture this week — in­clud­ing the At­lantic Ocean.

“I drove the Bri­tish Columbia team (Queen El­iz­a­beth Roy­als of Sur­rey) to the beach by the Lin­gan wharf,” said Harold Wil­liamson, a bus driver with the Cape Bre­tonVic­to­ria Re­gional School Board.

“ They all went in to­gether for a po­lar bear swim as a team. The coaches went too.” Wil­liamson video­taped the out­ing for the team. “ They are go­ing to use the video when they go back home for their clos­ing ban­quet.”

Wil­liamson said school buses are avail­able for the teams dur­ing the Coal Bowl and most teams take in the Fortress of Louis­bourg and the Cape Bre­ton Min­ers’ Mu­seum.

The teams also go shop­ping and visit other Cape Bre­ton at­trac­tions.

“Many teams — likethose from Al­berta, Bri­tish Columbia and so on — don’t get to see the At­lantic Ocean, so that’s where they want to go.

“ The B.C. team was talk­ing about be­ing by the Pa­cific Ocean and how it never gets cold like this.”

Wil­liamson, who is also chief of the Scotch­town Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, has been in­volved with the Coal Bowl for 10 years as a bus driver and for 20 years in con­junc­tion with the fire depart­ment.

“Last year I had a team from Al­berta and took them to Big Glace Bay Beach where they went for a po­lar dip.”

Over the years Wil­liamson hears the same com­ments about what im­presses the young peo­ple the most dur­ing their visit.

“It’s al­ways the peo­ple and the scenery.”

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