Grand Falls-Windsor left feeling like the host with the most

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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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2010 NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR WINTER GAMES

The smiles on their faces and the outpouring of energy from the athletes, coaches and other team members as they marched into Windsor Stadium Saturday for the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games told organizers everything they wanted to know: that their tireless efforts had helped make the week-long Games in Grand Falls-Windsor a resounding success.

"From what I've seen and what I've heard from others, it gets close to a perfect 10," said protocol committee chair Si Thompson.

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The smiles on their faces and the outpouring of energy from the athletes, coaches and other team members as they marched into Windsor Stadium Saturday for the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games told organizers everything they wanted to know: that their tireless efforts had helped make the week-long Games in Grand Falls-Windsor a resounding success.

"From what I've seen and what I've heard from others, it gets close to a perfect 10," said protocol committee chair Si Thompson.

"We will go down as one of the model areas to host the Winter Games. Even though we never had as much time to prepare for it, we'll be the trendsetters to follow in the future."

Grand Falls-Windsor mayor Al Hawkins credited people like Thompson, accommodations chair Roy Oldford, security chair Artie Day and venues chairperson Bill Hanlon - all retired individuals who dedicated countless hours to the Games' operation - with helping keep everything together over the week, just as they have been part of the glue helping hold the town together over the past year, ever since the closure of the Abitibi Bowater paper mill.

"These guys were up at six in the morning and there until 12 at night. Not only this week, but leading up to it," said Hawkins. "Without these guys and others like them, the community would not survive."

For Games manager Brian Casey, seeing hundreds of volunteers working toward a common goal filled him with a sense of pride.

"We had individuals in certain committees who were going outside their own to help others," he said. "That's the kind of people we have here and that says a lot about how you can get through things like this. It comes down to attitude, and theirs was unbelievably positive."

Casey is confident the Games will leave a "great legacy" in town, but insists it goes beyond medal results, stats and a significant economic impact.

"The Games revived a lot of people's spirits and emotions, and when you know you have the support of the community and work together as strongly as they did, it makes you realize we can do anything."

Nearly 1,400 athletes competed in the Games and their spirit and that of the 559 volunteers made for an uplifting experience.

"When you lose an industry you've had for over 100 years, economically it has an impact and socially it has a really big impact," explained Hawkins.

"Now, for at least a period of time, we were able to get our minds centered around something very positive.

"It was a real morale booster for us."

koliver@thetelegram.com

Geographic location: NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, Windsor Stadium

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