Volunteers needed to keep Logger Sports Day alive

  • May. 16, 2007 9:00 a.m.

Fifty years of Logger Sports in Sandspit could be on the chopping block if the committee doesn’t find enough volunteers to help out.
That means there will be no more log burling, axe throwing, standing chop, or nail drive for young or old bucks to compete in.
Two of the core organizers, Gail Henry and Sherry Price, explained to Moresby Island Management Committee members at the May 9 meeting that if several more people didn’t commit to helping out at an upcoming May 16 meeting, the games would have to be cut for the year.
Ms Henry said the current committee consists of three or four people and they haven’t even set a date for this year yet, because there are so few involved.
The two women said there is a lot of organizational work that must be done well in advance of the event, like collecting prizes and wood, as well as equipment for the events.
Ms Price says the committee needs at least 25 people to help organize the events in advance and around 15 people who can help out on the day.
Things fell into place a lot more easily when there were more people in town, said Ms Price, who has been helping organize the games for almost 10 years.
She said a lot of men in town donated their equipment, such as axes or cross cut saws, but many of these men have moved away.
Some of the events require specialized equipment, like a small crane truck to set up the standing chop. If logging companies are going to donate this kind of thing, they need reliable people to operate it.
She said lots of people help out beforehand, but then they want to enter the events, leaving organizers short of timekeepers, runners and volunteers to keep other aspects of Logger Sports running smoothly. People don’t need to have experience with Logger Sports to help out.
As for concessions, no one has come forward yet, so the committee is hoping to hear from food vendors.
Ms Price says Sandspit used to have 800 or more people. Now there are only about 400 and with the population so diminished, there are fewer to help out.
Not to mention that a lot of people have jobs that can’t be left unattended just for Logger Sports Day.
Those who work on the runways and in the terminal at the airport are on duty right in the middle of the big event each year.
Meanwhile the organizers (also known as the community hall committee) have been trying to open the event up to other groups in town.
In 1999, the hall committee took Logger Sports and the hall over from the Lions Club, which used to run the games as a fundraiser for the hall.
Now other groups in town, like the Moms and Tots or the Volunteer Firemen, trade off to run the dance and the beer gardens to raise money for their projects.