Wel­come ath­letes

The Compass - - OPINION -

For many months, a le­gion of vol­un­teers have been toil­ing be­hind the scenes, pre­par­ing for the ar­rival of the hun­dreds of ath­letes, coaches and fam­ily mem­bers who will con­verge on Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace this week for the 2012 NL Sum­mer Games.

The time has fi­nally ar­rived, and the com­pe­ti­tions have be­gun.

There’s a sense of ex­cite­ment and an­tic­i­pa­tion fil­ter­ing throughout the re­gion, and we’d like to use this space to wel­come all those who are vis­it­ing our spir­ited, pro­gres­sive and grow­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

A great deal of ef­fort has gone into mak­ing sure your ex­pe­ri­ence in the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion re­gion is a pleas­ant and mem­o­rable one, re­gard­less of whether you fin­ish atop the podium. Take note of the spruced up re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties, fresh as­phalt and neatly trimmed land­scapes. It’s all for you, so soak it all in.

None of the ath­letes who will take to the fields, play­ing sur­faces and wa­ter this week were even born the last time the NL Games were held in this area — 1992. A lot has changed since that time, but de­spite some ini­tial con­cerns, the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment of the vol­un­teer sec­tor re­mains as strong as ever.

Though num­bers were low in the be­gin­ning, some 600-plus area res­i­dents reg­is­tered as vol­un­teers by last week, sur­pass­ing what many thought was pos­si­ble. Don Reg­u­lar, the di­rec­tor of vol­un­teer ser­vices for the games, said he was “ab­so­lutely de­lighted” by the last­minute flurry of in­ter­est, and noted that 75 new vol­un­teers came for­ward for a train­ing ses­sion on Aug. 9.

There were skep­tics who said the event would fall short in the vol­un­teer cat­e­gory. We’re pleased to re­port that’s not the case.

We’re also pleased to be a part of these Games, both as a plat­inum spon­sor and as a lead­ing me­dia out­let that will be pro­vid­ing com­pre­hen­sive cov­er­age of the com­pe­ti­tions and its par­tic­i­pants, in our print edition and on our web­site (cb­n­com­pass.ca).

To the ath­letes, we wish you suc­cess and happy mem­o­ries, and to the or­ga­niz­ers, we say thank-you for your ef­forts.

Let the games be­gin.

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