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VOLUNTEER MONTH

Falling for Logger Sports IT TAKES A VILLAGE: Logger Sports secretary-treasurer Laura Passek volunteers alongside many others - to bring back Powell River’s premier industry event. Here, she leans on a climbing pole - peeled by volunteers this winter.  BY ISABELLE SOUTHCOTT | isabelle@prliving.ca

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hen Powell River Logger Sports makes a comeback in July after an 11-year hiatus, a slew of volunteers such as secretary-treasurer Laura Passek, will proudly be part of the rebirth of an iconic, made-in-Powell River event. “I always loved Logger Sports and went every year,” Laura told Powell River Living. “I loved the axe throwing, tree climbing and sidewinder. Watching the way the

tree climbers come down always takes my breath away!” Laura, a Powell River girl through and through, is a student at Vancouver Island University and owns Crystal Clear Trophies with her husband John. “Logging’s in my blood,” she says, explaining that John used to be a shake blocker and worked at Myrtle Point as a sawyer. Her father, Herb Gawley, worked as a faller and blaster. One of the highlights of Logger Sports was watching the chainsaw carvers in action. “It amazed me how they could make this little chair out of a log in minutes. Wow,

that’s amazing talent!” When Laura learned that Logger Sports was being revived in Powell River, she decided to talk to the man behind the event, logger and world champion Bob Marquis. Bob, who was instrumental in organizing this event for two decades until 2005, agreed to bring back Logger Sports after Sean Percy created a Facebook page, Bring Back Logger Sports (which attracted nearly 3,500 members) to accompany a story by Pieta Woolley in last

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