(Posted on Jan 15, 2012 at 02:15PM by Steven Arsenault)
With TSN and CTV covering the event I thought it might be fun to cover behind the scenes. First there are the snow plow operators who got up early to clear the parking lot over the weekend finals before the event. Snow is rare for us here in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver so every one more than likely had their adventure story to tell of how they arrived at the Langley Events Centre.
Next were the support vehicles supplied for VIP and team transport during the event by Key West Ford. Key West sells both new vehicles in Vancouver and surrounding area. A plug for those Key West since they supplied 22 new Ford vehicles to allow the volunteer drivers to get people back and fourth. That it turned out was a must since the Langley Sports Centre is awesome – it certainly isn’t walking distance to anything Langley. Kudos to Key West, Used Cars Vancouver and Used Trucks Vancouver. The more traffic they collect as a result of their community involvement the better.
When I arrived at the complex another couple pulled into the spot beside me. Arriving from Ladner, another small community south west of Langley (south of Vancouver) got out of their vehicle saying;
‘Did you know that this location is a forest in Google Maps?’
‘Too funny’; I thought.
Inside there was the Sponsor’s lounge perched high above the rink. This is a VIP spot reserved for sponsors like Key West Ford, World Financial Group and others plus it was an appropriate setting for the media and player interviews with its panoramic view of the curling rink and the action below.
One impression I’ll never forget was the Asian woman’s team. Curling for me growing up was a western sport. Hearing slender Korean women yelling directions during the game while proving they have awesome skills. They certainly deserve their place on Team World both from an expert execution of their curling skills and their enthusiasm on and off the rink. Their attitude is contagious and I expect an uplifting spirit for Team World.
Back stage during station breaks is always interesting. Dancing by various teams to the arena music. Camera people, interviewers and their support staff waiting for the next air time. Then of course are the winning moments of this truly International event.
The Continental Cup January 12-15, 2012 in Langley ends Sunday Jan 15, 2012.