Olympic spirit comes to Truro's Wilson Equipment Ltd.

‘It’s a chance for us to get out and a chance for us to work together versus working in the office’

Raissa Tetanish rtetanish@trurodaily.com
Published on February 12, 2014

TRURO – The judges’ votes are in and it’s official – the Russians are taking home the gold in snow sculpture.

It was the giant curling rock that Team Russia, comprised of Kelly Nauss, Dave Goswell, Cory Myers and Tony Lowe created that earned top marks during Wilson Equipment Ltd.’s ‘Wilson Winter Olympics.’

“This is awesome,” said Leo Van Kroonenburg, an 11-year employee, who was one of about 25 employees that took the afternoon off from work to participate in the Olympics. “It’s a chance for us to get out and a chance for us to work together versus working in the office. It’s really good for morale.”

The idea started in January as a Winter Carnival, but John Congdon, Derek McLellan and Michelle Bragg joined together to create the Winter Olympics.

“We figured something like this would be a nice way to break up the winter and to embrace winter,” said Congdon, co-ordinator of marketing and sales, who made up the team of judges with McLellan and Bragg. “We closed the shop (Wednesday) afternoon and everyone is out here in the snow.”

Van Kroonenburg said this is the first time Wilson Equipment hosted such an event for its employees and he loved the idea.

“It’s a good time. Even though it’s cold, so be it. It is winter in Nova Scotia.”

The Olympics started with a staff barbecue and continued inside after the snow sculptures. Inside, games included those similar to what are played on the television show ‘Minute to Win It.’

“One of my favourites is a slightly amended downhill skiing,” said Congdon. “The employees have an Oreo and start with it on their forehead. Using only their face, they have to move the Oreo down to their mouth.”

Another inside event was “greasy snowball,” which incorporates Vaseline on the nose, picking up a cotton ball on the nose and maneuvering it to a garbage can – no hands allowed of course.

The organizers also had modified bobsled and alternate biathlons booked.

The team with the best score at the end of the day earned the top prize – the coveted Wilson’s Cup - which went to Team Russia.

Jim Wilson, president and chief operating officer of Wilson Equipment Ltd., couldn’t believe the end results of the sculpture competition.

“I’m really impressed,” he said while the judges were deliberating.

While he was working away with his Team Sweden mates on a 90-metre jump, he said it was a way to help rid the winter blahs.

“We all work hard together so it’s nice to take some time on a wintery afternoon to have a little fun,” he said.

Jokingly, he said the Olympians had already undergone “drug testing” and two athletes had already been eliminated from the competition.

“We are very competitive people and we take our team activities very seriously,” he said. “Everyone is looking forward to some homemade chili and chowder at the end of the day.”

 

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Wilson Equipment Ltd.

Published on 12 February 2014

<p class="NORMAL"><span>Team Russia – from left, Kelly Nauss, Dave Goswell, Cory Myers and Tony Lowe – took home the gold medal in snow sculptures at the Wilson Winter Olympics, held yesterday at Wilson Equipment Ltd. The company decided to shut down for the afternoon to enjoy winter and build morale.&nbsp;</span></p>

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Jim Wilson, left, president and chief operating officer of Wilson Equipment Ltd., and John Yuill, right, add onto the sides of their rendition of a 90-metre jump at the Wilson Winter Olympics yesterday.&nbsp;

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Kevin Malay adds some black to a hockey stick representing both the Canadian men’s and women’s hockey teams participating in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics happening right now. Malay was part of Team France during the Wilson Equipment Ltd.’s Olympic afternoon yesterday.&nbsp;

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John Congdon, marketing and sales co-ordinator at Wilson Equipment Ltd., holds up the Wilson’s Cup the company’s employees were vying for yesterday in their Winter Olympics.&nbsp;

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Nate Stokdijk, creates Team Norway’s flag on top of the medal podium during Wilson Equipment Ltd.’s Winter Olympics snow sculpture competition held yesterday afternoon.&nbsp;

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Team Germany’s Adam Horne, from left, Randy Brenton, Glen Marsh and David Sangster created a dragon during the Wilson Winter Olympics at Wilson Equipment Ltd. yesterday afternoon to represent the Russian Dragon Boat Federation that carried the Olympic torch.&nbsp;

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Team France’s Dave Smith, background, and Leo Van Kroonenburg work on their snow sculpture during Wilson Equipment Ltd.’s Wilson Winter Olympics held yesterday afternoon.

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