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Shania Caravan, 14, from Gracia Gymnastics, Deer Lake (Western). Coach Kerri Anstey looks on.

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Emily Bland of the Grand Falls-Windsor host team goes up for the kill against Mount Pearl/South during girls volleyball action at Exploits Valley High Sunday, March 21, 2010. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Bethany Parsons (11) of the Grand Falls-Windsor host team blocks a spike from Mount Pearl South's Michelle Compton during girls volleyball action at Exploits Valley High Sunday, March 21, 2010. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Mount Pearl/South's Michelle Compton spikes against the guard of the host team's Donna Jewer (1) and Bethany Parsons (11). - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Brad Manuel (7) of the Grand Falls-Windsor boys hocket team looks back to see St. John's/North goaltender Michael Collins sprawl to keep his backhand shot from crossing the line. St. John's would win the game at Windsor Stadium, 6-2. - Photo by Kenn Ol

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Figure skater Ashley Bishop, Mount Pearl South.

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Figure skater Shannon Lilly, Labrador City.

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Emma Holmes competes for St. John's/North in the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games cross-country ski event at the Exploits Valley ski trails on Monday. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Aaron Andrews of Corner Brook and the Western team performs on the parallel bars Monday during the boys' gymnastic competition at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Aaron Andrews of Corner Brook and the Western team performs on the parallel bars Monday during the boys' gymnastic competition at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Aaron Andrews of Corner Brook and the Western team performs on the parallel bars Monday during the boys' gymnastic competition at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Corner Brook's Brian Brewer presents Pamela Budden with her medal after she clocked a time of five minutes and 16 seconds in her 500-metre Para-Nordic cross-country ski event at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Grand Falls-Windsor. -

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Fans of Exploits Valley High School, the Host team in the male volleyball competition at the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games, cheer on the home side during the gold-medal match against Western Tuesday in Grand Falls-Windsor. Western won the fina

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Members of the Eastern female bowling team at the Provincial Winter Games include (front, from left) Melanie Avery and Emma Manning; (back, from left) Sarah Short, Cassie Bishop and coach Rosetta Avery. - Photo by Dave Newell/Transcontinental Media/The

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Nick Ash (2) and Jacob Lane (14) of the Gander Collegiate Concordes go up to block a smash by Patrick Churchill of the South West Arm Academy Tigers during the bronze-medal match in the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games boys' volleyball competiti

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Central's James Collins (9) looks to pound the ball through a couple of Eastern blockers during the boys' volleyball bronze-medal final at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Grand Falls-Windsor. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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The 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games Western Male Volleyball Gold Medal Team. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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The 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games Eastern Male Volleyball Bronze Medal Team. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

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Labrador goaltender Kyla Penney gets ready to pounce on a loose puck as teammates Charlene Duffett and Shannon Kalanko keep Western's Kristen Cooze and Franchesca Gibbons at bay during female hockey action at the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter G

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Central region basketball coaches Ed Traverse (left) and Brian Kennedy get their Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games kits from volunteers Betty Boone and Gloria White (right) during Games turnaround day Wednesday in Grand Falls-Windsor. - Photo by K

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Mount Pearl/South hockey player Carlee Jesso lugs her sticks, equipment and suitcase as she enters the girls' athletes village at Exploits Valley School in Grand Falls-Windsor, turnaround day at the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games. - Photo by Ke

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Central's Blanchard and Avalon's Cody MacTavish hook up in boys' wrestling action at the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Grand Falls-Windsor on Thursday. Thursday marked the first full day of action in the second half of the Games. - Photo by

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Members of the Labrador wrestling team at the Provincial Winter Games include (front row, left to right): Stephen Penashue, J.B. Andrew, Rodney Osmond and Matthew Nuna; back row (left to right): coach Brian Tucker, Alex Penashue, Clinton Rich, Nicholas

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Samantha Morey (centre) and Victoria Roberts of Central take on Mount Pearl/South, whose team includes Kiley Hynes (left) in girls' badminton action at the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games Thursday in Grand Falls-Windsor. - Photo by Kenn Oliver/T

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Second-half athletes arrive in Grand-Falls Windsor, competition resumes in earnest today

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR WINTER GAMES

Late Tuesday evening, Grand Falls-Windsor bid farewell to nearly 700 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games athletes.

But mere hours after waving goodbye to that group of youngsters, the community was putting out the welcome mat, as 661 other athletes arrived for the second half of the Games.

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR WINTER GAMES

Late Tuesday evening, Grand Falls-Windsor bid farewell to nearly 700 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games athletes.

But mere hours after waving goodbye to that group of youngsters, the community was putting out the welcome mat, as 661 other athletes arrived for the second half of the Games.

Wednesday was turnaround day at the 2010 Games, with athletes in wrestling, badminton, girls' hockey, table tennis, basketball and curling arriving en masse in the afternoon.

"It's a busy four hours," Games manager Brian Casey said Wednesday as he helped co-ordinate the athletes' arrival at Exploits Valley Intermediate School.

"We have to ensure all the teams and coaches know where they've got to go, when they have to be there, getting them registered and scheduled."

The day wasn't without some activity. Girls' hockey got underway at Joe Byrne Stadium, while wrestling weigh-ins took place later in the day.

Casey said the first half of the Games went off "exceptionally well."

"It's funny, there are two lives," he said. "One is all the planning and preparation you have to put in place, but it seems once the schedule starts and the kids start competing, it takes on a life of its own. The biggest thing for us is monitoring it and making sure we're on time with transportation and scheduling."

Before letting first-half athletes and coaches out of town, organizers got their feedback on all facets of the Games.

"It's healthy if athletes or coaches feel we can improve in a certain area, because it certainly helps in the second half," said Casey, who says one area he and his team is looking to improve upon through the second half is in giving athletes more to do in their downtime.

There is a "floating bus" for transportation from the athletes villages - girls are housed at Exploits Valley Intermediate and the boys at Exploits Valley High - for athletes when they are not competing, but it makes a 24-kilometre round trip and as accommodations committee chair Roy Oldford explained, "if they miss it, they might not able to get to the mall or to the stadium or gym to watch a game."

As such, there have been adjustments and additions at both athletes villages.

"If they're not out around, they want to something to do in the schools," said Oldford. "We tried to provide them with an area where they go online, check results, and also provide them with some TVs and games, just to occupy their time beyond the classrooms (where they sleep) and competing."

The Games' committee also avoided a potential disaster by recognizing a need for additional shower facilities to look after the needs of the 657 boys and 693 girls who will compete in the Games this week.

"We've got a base of showers on a portable flatbed down at the high school, courtesy of the town of Grand Falls-Windsor. So there's eight showers there and five in the schools," Oldford explained.

"For (Exploits Valley Intermediate), we opened up the old Grand Falls Academy across the way."

Second-half competition begins fully this morning, with championship rounds and games in all sports on Saturday morning before a 3 p.m. closing ceremony.

And Casey is hopeful fans keep turning out with the same enthusiasm.

"It was great to see the excitement in all the venues. It created a real positive buzz in the community."

koliver@thetelegram.com




MEDAL STANDINGS

At the conclusion of the first half of the Games
Region G S B Total
Western 10 8 6 24
St. John's/North 5 4 4 13
Mount Pearl/South 4 2 6 12
Avalon 3 2 3 8
Host 2 3 1 6
Central 2 2 2 6
Labrador 0 2 3 5
Eastern 0 3 1 4
St-Pierre-Miquelon 0 0 0 0




GAMES REGIONS

St. John's/North: St. John's and north to Cape St. Francis, Bell Island, Torbay, Portugal Cove-St. Philips and Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove
Mount Pearl/South: Mount Pearl, Paradise, and all communities on the Southern Shore from Bay Bulls to Trepassey inclusive
Avalon: generally, all communities on the Avalon Peninsula and Isthmus of Avalon which are not included in the St. John's/North and Mount Pearl/South regions, up to and including Arnold's Cove. This includes Conception Bay South to Holyrood; the Conception Bay north shore (Conception Harbour to Grates Cove); the Trinity shore (Old Perlican to Blaketown) and up to Arnold's Cove; the areas surrounding Long Harbour, Whitbourne, and Placentia; the Cape Shore and St. Mary's Bay up to but excluding Trepassey.)
Eastern: (northwest but excluding Arnold's Cove, including the Bonavista Peninsula, the Burin Peninsula west to Pool's Cove inclusive; Clarenville and northeast to Gambo but not including Gambo)
Central: Gambo and west to Hampden, north to Notre Dame Bay and south to the south coast. This includes Bonavista North (Hare Bay, Wesleyville, Musgrave Harbour, Gander Bay); Gander; Fogo Island; Twillingate, Lewisporte; Botwood; Bishop's Falls; Harbour Breton; west of Harbour Breton to include FranÇois; east of Harbour Breton to (but exclusive of) Pool's Cove; Springdale and the Baie Verte Peninsula south to Hampden
Western: west of Hampden, including the Northern Peninsula, and all communities west of FranÇois
Labrador: all parts of Labrador
St-Pierre et Miquelon: all parts of St-Pierre et Miquelon

Organizations: Exploits Valley Intermediate School, Grand Falls Academy

Geographic location: NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, Grand-Falls Windsor, St. John's Mount Pearl Joe Byrne Stadium Gambo Hampden South Trepassey GAMES REGIONS Bell Island Torbay Portugal Cove Bay Bulls Holyrood Conception Harbour Grates Cove Old Perlican Long Harbour Clarenville Notre Dame Bay Bonavista North Hare Bay Wesleyville Gander Bay Fogo Island Lewisporte Baie Verte Northern Peninsula

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