Seney shines

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:53 AM ET

EDMONTON - CAMROSE — It's been a labour of love for Scotties event chairman Bob Seney.

The former competitive curler has given back to the game he's so passionate about.

Starting with the 2009 Continental Cup, through this Scotties and ending with the 2012 Boston Pizza Cup Alberta men's championship, Seney has been in charge of them all.

"A person's going to have to learn to be quiet and head for the sunshine a bit more," said Seney.

"The Continental Cup gave us a good training ground for these other events. Our volunteer base is good and it gave them an expectation of what was required. This event isn't much different. You have to do pretty much the same things that you do for a big CCA event."

Thanks to strong sponsorship, Seney and his committee were able to land the back-to-back championship — and this Scotties will make a small profit.

"Certainly, the men's event will be a lot better attended, even though we're pleased with attendance here," said Seney.

Attendance has been steadily building, and ticket sales are well over 1,000 in the 2,500-seat Edgeworth Centre for the final weekend.

With near-capacity crowds expected for next year's event and a much different atmosphere, Seney is mulling over the best place to set up a Patch, perhaps in the old curling rink adjacent to the brand-new facility.

The Continental Cup was somewhat of a coming out party, and Camrose is not done showing off its facility.

"We don't know what the field will be, but we know it will be outstanding, regardless," said Seney.

Later this year, the complex will be the site of the RBC Cup, the Canadian Tier 2 junior hockey championship.

"This facility is new and the city has been great to work with," said Seney.

"They're learning to work with us. We're getting better every event, not only from our perspective but from the spectators' perspective."

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca


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