Working purely from memory on the spot, Gillespie listed off duties such as creating a proposal letter and recruiting sponsors, booking banquet facilities and playing venues, lining up a merchandise provider and creating a logo, providing banners for each team, finding a host hotel, a treasurer, student and teacher volunteers, deciding on who will provide first aid services, getting letters from dignitaries for the tournament program, picking a host hotel and finding someone to update the web site with results.
With that kind of time and energy going into the events, it certainly shows that there must be something special about the high school provincials for so many individuals to step up and say they want to do it.
“It’s a lot of work to do the OFSAAs, but it’s also exciting,” Gillespie says. “When you have the best of the best coming from across the province, and to see these games, it’s fun.”
The teams and coaches who reach OFSAA also put in a large amount of dedication and commitment – work that begins right away on the first few days of the school year for many teams.
“They’re used to focus and hard work,” Labrosse explains. “Those teams that win local championships usually worked hard to establish a good program. Rarely does it happen out of the blue.”