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Volleyball spoilsports

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A couple of my friends and myself have attended the varsity high school volleyball finals annually for the past many years. Although now graduated, we decided to go to the Duckworth Centre to once again see some good-quality $7 entertainment. After the Neelin Spartans took the final game point (upsetting the favoured MBCI Hawks) to win it all, I was expecting a sea of green Spartan fans to fill the court in celebration as per protocol.

I was dumbfounded at the presence of the Wesmen dressed "security" guards at the front row forbidding the fans and parents to run onto the court in celebration. What could be a better thing for the students, athletes and even the parents than being granted this simple privilege (which might be a once in a lifetime spur-of-the-moment experience for some) that will surely provide them with a happy lifelong memory? As a Sturgeon Heights alumnus, I was fortunate enough to be one of those fans a few years ago after the semifinal victory over St. Paul's. Running onto the floor in excitement, celebrating with all of your friends and congratulating your fellow scholar athletes first-hand in such a happy moment provides you with an adrenaline rush like no other; something truly special. I can say first-hand that it is a memory that will stay with me forever.

So my question is, what was the University of Winnipeg thinking by stripping this privilege of the well-paying fans?

 

LUCAS SCHULZ

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 3, 2012 0

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