First place winners given their prize by legion Member Ray Van Den Nieuwenhof. From left to right, Amy Ens, Deb LeRoux, Scott Urqhart and Ben Hollingsworth. (Sharon Lussier/Special to Rossland News)

Sports day at the Rossland Legion a blast

The Legion held a tremendously successful sports day on Friday June 23.

The Legion held a tremendously successful sports day on Friday June 23.

With about 100 people in attendance, the 12, four-person teams battled in a five-sport showdown.

The team members seemed to enjoy the level of competition in bocce, horseshoes, pool, shuffleboard and darts.

There was a four-way tie for first place and the winner was decided by a single dart throw to achieve the largest number.

First place winners were Amy Ens, Scott Urqhart, Deb LeRoux and Ben Hollingsworth. Second place went to Devin Thatcher, Scott Stevenson, Tyler Dixon and Shane Davies. Congratulations to the winners. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of the Legion within our community as part of Legion Week and to raise funds for our Veterans through the Toonies for Troops program. The event raised $243.40.

The Legion would like to recognize the organizers, Joanne Drystek and Hannah Arnell for coming up with the idea, getting a grant and organizing the event. Special thanks to Sharon Lussier, Bev Bell and Sheryl Clark for putting together a pulled pork buffet dinner. Thanks to the volunteers who ran the sports events, Tom Hall, Shane Preedy, Ivan Bell, Kim LaFond and Hannah Arnell as well as other volunteers who contributed their time Jean-Marie Lussier, Valerie Patanella, Ray Van Den Nieuwenhof , Doug Halladay and Deb deTremaudan.

This was by far the most successful Legion Week that the Rossland Legion has held and will consider doing this event again next year. The legion appreciates the funding of $1,000 from BC Gaming obtained by our BC Yukon Command to support this event. This funding allowed us to provide door prizes, dinner and entertainment to the community without charge. We appreciate their support.

The legion will be renovating their lounge over the summer and would appreciate any volunteers who can come out on July 16 to help move furniture. If you can assist, please email

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