Lacrosse tourney needs volunteers

ERIC BENDER -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

When the balls start to fly July 13, Brenda Trineer wants 400 volunteers in place for the world field lacrosse championship in London.

"I'll be comfortable with 400," said Trineer, vice-chairperson of the tournament. "We're about half now."

As volunteer co-ordinator for last year's Memorial Cup, which quickly became oversubscribed, Trineer knows people have favourite sports.

"It's the love of the game, whatever game you are in love with. Most kids who play hockey love lacrosse."

In fact, London Knights stars David Bolland and Rob Schremp are lacrosse enthusiasts who will be used to promote the championship.

"They want to get involved and attend," Trineer said.

Much of the fan base will come from Toronto, where the professional National Lacrosse League Toronto Rock have a large following, she said. Many of the Canadian team members have been selected from the Rock roster. An Iroquois Nation team is also an entry.

Tournament co-chairperson, Tim Hobbs, has said he wants the event to take on a Grey Cup-like atmosphere. TD Waterhouse Stadium at Western will be the main venue, with the North London Fields, near Adelaide Street and Windermere Road, accommodating much of the action.

Apart from the six-team world championship, there will be a 16-team championship and a world lacrosse festival, or friendship tournament (July 17-21) with 40 teams. A youth tournament is also included.

With 25 countries registered, there's a need for interpreters among the volunteers, Trineer said.

Other volunteer duties cover scoring, timekeeping, scheduling, transportation, team liaison, medical, security, traffic control, beer tent staff and VIP area attendants.

Volunteers get a uniform.

The event is expected to bring 4,500 players and officials and draw 10,000 fans. The top tier championship includes Team Canada, Iroquois Nation, the U.S., England, Australia and Japan.

Volunteers can register at the 2006worldlacrosse.com.

Other London events needing volunteers this year are the CN Canadian Women's Open golf championship, which quickly enlisted its needed 1,300 volunteers, and the Ontario Paralympic Games at Western, July 6-8, requiring 100-150 volunteers.


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