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Volunteers a huge part of DC's Grey Power event

Wonder where the members of the Dawson Creek Curling Club are this week? Most of them are at the EnCana Events Centre as part of the huge volunteer effort required to put on the Grey Power Players' Championships. "It has been absolutely incredible.

Wonder where the members of the Dawson Creek Curling Club are this week?

Most of them are at the EnCana Events Centre as part of the huge volunteer effort required to put on the Grey Power Players' Championships.

"It has been absolutely incredible. I can't even speak to how much support we have had from our local club and even clubs in the surrounding area - Fort St. John and clubs on the other side (of the border). Everybody has been so great," said Tracy Heartt, the local organizer of the Grand Slam event that has attracted Canada's top men's and women's rinks vying for the $50,000 first-place prize.

Once it was decided that Dawson Creek would host the Players' Championships, Heartt began sending emails to local clubs in the Alberta and B.C. Peace Country as well as the members of the local club.

The response was outstanding.

Turns out, 127 people stepped forward to volunteer.

"Normally you are scraping by with 80 and we have 127, so it has totally exceeded my expectations."

There are a variety of volunteer tasks including icemaking, on-ice officiating and hospitality and transportation.

Having so many volunteers taking part in such an elite event adds to the profile of the sport in the city, regenerates people's enthusiasm for the sport and attracts more people to the sport, pointed out Heartt.

"They get exposure to curling and they get excited and it gets them talking about it. At the end of the day, when we have an event like this in our city, it gets people excited about curling. It is something that when it is out in the forefront people will say 'hey I want to try that' and that is what our club needs for longevity."