It is not often that small communities in southeast Alberta have the opportunity to host an event like the one held in Bow Island over the weekend.
The Atom C provincial championship brought people from all corners of Alberta to Beantown for a weekend of competitive hockey action of the best Atom teams in the province.
The tournament went off without a hitch, with the host team winning the gold on Sunday. Games were played fluidly and according to host committee member, Gerry Schnell, there were no major issues at all.
The tournament went off without a hitch because of the great group of volunteers that stepped up and made sure everything ran smoothly. Some of these volunteers did not even get to take in many games themselves because they were too busy doing things like peeling potatoes and cooking for those big meals, manning the concession booth, or keeping things on an even keep behind the scenes.
Volunteers also were busy all weekend selling raffle tickets, working as scorekeepers, and managing the penalty boxes; doing all of the things that just needed to be done during the tournament.
Big events are not easy to host, are a lot of work, and it is only because of the many people in Bow Island who are always so willing to do so, that these tournaments and other events can happen at all.
All of the players now have memories that will last a lifetime and the spectators surely went home with a feeling that they were well-taken care of this past weekend. All the volunteers made sure of that.
The Bow Island Rebels Atom team can relax now and enjoy their gold medal and the community can be proud of all the volunteers who stepped up to make the Atom C provincial championship happen in Bow Island.