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.