Keeping things sliding along

Eric McCarthy
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SUMMERSIDE
You'll recognize them by their blue sweatshirts and gold vests. They are the 170 volunteers the host committee will be relying heavily on over the next week to make sure everything runs smoothly during the Canadian senior curling championships at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club.
Carl Delaney is chair of the host committee. He estimates about 100 volunteers will be utilized every day of the men's and women's championships.

SUMMERSIDE
You'll recognize them by their blue sweatshirts and gold vests. They are the 170 volunteers the host committee will be relying heavily on over the next week to make sure everything runs smoothly during the Canadian senior curling championships at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club.
Carl Delaney is chair of the host committee. He estimates about 100 volunteers will be utilized every day of the men's and women's championships.
"It's a big undertaking," Delaney said of what goes into hosting a national championship - and Summerside and The Fox take those responsibilities seriously.
That pays dividends. Some of the curlers attending this year's nationals either remember or have been told of the good show The Fox put on when it last hosted the senior championships three years ago.
"They can't wait to get to P.E.I.," said Delaney. "They heard so much about us and so much about 2006."
Teams, he added, are bringing more followers than they did three years ago.
Delaney is now retired from his job as manager of The Fox, but he still draws on the experience he gained from helping host several national events at the club. He's also relying on an experienced team of host committee members and a small army of eager volunteers.
On-ice officials are needed for every draw, as well as timers and statisticians behind the glass, and runners, who provide end-by-end results to a computer technician, who feeds them to the web.
Volunteers start at 6 a.m. every day to get the ice ready for the day's draws, and ice will be scraped between every draw.
Of course there are all the other details that go into making curlers and visitors feel welcome, too, including ceremonies prior to every draw. There are 25 draws scheduled between today and next Saturday - more, if tiebreakers have to be factored into the schedule.
Games start today at 8 a.m. The opening ceremonies were last night, followed by a reception for participants. A victory dinner a week from today will bring the championship to a close.

Organizations: Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club

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