Canada Cup organizers searching for volunteers for major curling event

The search for volunteers continues for the Home Hardware Canada Cup, taking play Dec. 5-9 at Affinity Place.

A whole host of the best men’s and women’s teams in the country will be coming to Estevan that week for cash and points for the next Olympic qualifying event. Those teams include teams skipped by Brad Gushue, Jennifer Jones, Kevin Koe, Rachel Homan, Brad Jacobs, Laura Walker and Kerri Einarson

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The Canada Cup event manager from Curling Canada is flying down to meet with the local committee every month.

“We’ve got room allocation in place and we’re really looking for volunteers at this point,” said host committee vice-chair Helen Fornwald. “We have a cutoff at the end of the month for signup so it’s really important for people that are thinking about it to sign up.”

After that date, they will take volunteers but the official volunteer uniform that they get, might not be able to get at the time of the event.

“We’re really encouraging as many people as are interested, absolutely (do so),” Fornwald said. “There are so many benefits to that. You get to watch as many games as you want, you come volunteer for your shift… you get a banquet out of it and you get up close and personal with some of the big title curlers that are coming to Estevan.”

Fornwald and the committee have been taking to the many volunteers that helped the 2018 SaskTel Tankard run smoothly to gauge their interest.

Those who want to just buy tickets for the event can go through Curling Canada’s website as well as those who with to volunteer. Volunteers can go to www.curling.ca/2018canadacup/volunteers/ and tickets are available at www.curling.ca/2018canadacup/tickets/

Ticket sales for the event have been going ok so far but they could always use more.

“We’re hoping by the end of September we’ll get the numbers we need for this event,” she said.

They are also promoting the Future Stars program for the Canada Cup that will get a younger generation into the sport to rub shoulders with the best in the game in Canada.

“It’s anywhere from eight to 18 years of age,” Fornwald said. “We’re looking for 60 kids and they’re going to be walking on with the curlers, interactive with the curlers and they’ll get a facility tour with the icemaker. So they’re interactive with the curlers they’ll be assigned to. It’s an awesome opportunity for our youth.”

Those kids can apply at curlingcanada.formstack.com/forms/futurestars2018canadacup  

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