Over the last few weeks before the games, the radio was frantically calling on volunteers to sign up. From what I could see, at the venues I participated in, there were more than enough bodies. But they were more than bodies - they were passionate, friendly, excited citizens who gave their all, and then some. I was tasked with umpiring tennis, and when I arrived at 8 a.m. the other volunteers were already onsite. When I left at the end of a long day, around 8 p.m., some of those same volunteers were tucking the venue in for the night. I marvelled at their stamina and gracious giving. The Games spoke volumes about the kind of people we are in Estevan, and I am very proud to count myself among you.
Business over the last 2 years has been challenging, so the Games provided a positive place to support youth from around the province, mingle with some great people who travelled here with them, and just not think about work for a couple of days.
Hats off to the organizing committee. Well done, and the legacy left - a beautiful track and revitalized tennis courts among them - was worth the effort. Kids who had never held a racquet in their lives just 2 months ago, found passion in a sport they can play into their 80's. And 2 of them even won Gold.! There will be stories like that from track as well. My husband, who hasn't been on Boundary Dam for years, had a ball working with the kayak/canoe group. It was just a terrific event made possible by a group of terrific people. Thanks for the memories.