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On and off the field, Manitobans playing key roles for Grey Cup weekend in Regina

Even although Regina is internet hosting this yr’s CFL remaining, individuals from Manitoba are playing vital roles throughout the Grey Cup pageant that can culminate in Sunday’s recreation.

Amanda Smart, who is part of a Vancouver-based manufacturing firm referred to as PRP,  is one among the stage managers for Sunday’s pre-game, halftime present and post-game reveals.

Smart, who now calls Winnipeg dwelling however is initially from The Pas, in northern Manitoba, says her job is all about timing.

While she’ll have a fantastic view on recreation day, she doubtless will not have the ability to watch it, as a result of she’ll be busy co-ordinating her reveals. 

“When I begin to convey issues out at halftime, I’m shut sufficient to the discipline to see one thing, however I focus with my volunteers and I give attention to the comms…. That’s my precedence,” she stated.

While there is a rivalry between the two cities’ soccer groups, Smart stated it is nice that Regina and Winnipeg are so shut geographically, since crew members from the two provinces can discover assist with one another.

“Case in level, this weekend, that is occurring,” Smart stated. 

Smart stated she’ll have a fantastic view of the recreation, however she’ll be specializing in her reveals. (Joanne Roberts/CBC)

While Smart will probably be on the sidelines on recreation day, a number of Winnipeggers will probably be on the discipline.

Brady Oliveira, Nic Demski and Geoff Gray will probably be vying for the Grey Cup with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, whereas Andrew Harris will probably be playing for the Toronto Argonauts. 

Some followers counsel there’s a rivalry between Harris and his former Winnipeg teammates — particularly Oliveira and Demski, as all three gamers performed highschool soccer with Winnipeg’s Oak Park.

But working again Oliveira does not see it that means. He says his relationship with Harris has solely grown. 

“It’s a brotherhood that we received occurring,” Oliveira stated. “Him and I’ve chatted all through the week. It’s going to be cool seeing him throughout the sidelines, battling towards him tomorrow. But at the finish of the day, it is all love.”

Bombers working again Brady Oliveira stands on the discipline at the Mosaic Stadium in Regina, the place he’ll competing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for its third Grey Cup in a row. (Joanne Roberts/CBC)

Winnipeg’s involvement in the Grey Cup extends past the stadium too. Jeff McWhinney, who’s the keeper of the Grey Cup, can also be from Manitoba’s capital metropolis.

McWhinney, whose duties contain the care of the trophy itself, stated this yr he is needed to clear up some scratches, but it surely’s in any other case polished and able to go for Sunday’s recreation. 

“I need it in good palms. I need it in a fantastic Canadian’s palms,” McWhinney stated when requested who he hopes will maintain the cup after Sunday’s recreation.

He stated to him, the Grey Cup represents the best historical past ebook in Canada — but it surely additionally represents greater than the 3,899 athletes whose names are at present on it.

“[It represents] guys that went out and fought for our nation and gave us freedoms. There’s non secular freedoms, there’s racial freedoms, there’s transgender freedoms,” he stated.

“Just like they will do on Sunday, [people] are going to catch the dream and run with it.”

Jeff McWhinney, who’s the keeper of the Grey Cup, stated it is the best historical past ebook in Canada. (Joanne Roberts/CBC)

Kickoff for the Grey Cup recreation is at 5 p.m. CT.

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