Dec 12, 2008

CBC Food Drive

Tippinators Help Less Fortunate at CBC Food Drive for Feed Nova Scotia

The Tippinators have attended many paintball events over the past two years. At each event the team does their best to make a positive contribution to the paintball community, leading by example, with integrity and fair play.

This holiday season the Tippinators decided to take the team ethos one step further and contribute to the community. The team purchased a trunk load of food, using money gather from the team members, topped off with non perishable food items from home all to support the Halifax area food banks through Feed Nova Scotia.

The team planned to drop the food at a local mall during a radio station food drive. Half of the team showed up with food only to find that food drive event had met their quota and ended the previous day.

The team contacted Feed Nova Scotia directly to find out where the donation could be made. Feed Nova Scotia was glad to hear from the team and mentioned an upcoming food drive sponsored by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Feed Nova Scotia also said they were looking for volunteers to work the CBC Food Drive during the morning rush hour at the Halifax Ferry Terminal, the main non vehicular commuter route into the Provincial capital.

On Friday December 12th, seven Tippinators cleared their schedules and showed up before Tim Horton’s was even serving coffee - that’s really early on the Canadian clock. The team stayed at the Ferry Terminal collecting food and cash donations from the throng of morning commuters.

Mark ‘Tinman’ Miller was initially disappointed at missing the radio sponsored food drive. “We were all pretty disappointed, but I’m glad we missed that drop off” Miller continued, “What we did today had more impact on the community than just dropping off some food and leaving. What we did made a difference.”

As the rush died down, the team helped the CBC staff load the food donations for transport to Feed Nova Scotia. The team and CBC were pleased that the morning work resulted in a van of food and over $1000 cash, to feed needy families over the Christmas season.

“It was a great experience, the people of Halifax really care about helping others.” commented Chris ‘Fuzzy’ Landry, “Everyone who donated really dug deep. I specifically remember one lady reaching into her pocket and grabbing a whole handful of change, and then giving a portion to each one of us, we were all smiles after that.”

“This amount of cash though small does have an impact on the bigger picture,” said Ben ‘Ch3’ VanHorn, “Today we fed some families, and raised awareness for the hungry.” So pleased by the outcome VanHorn vowed “Next year the Tippinators will do it bigger, better and feed even more families.”

Thanks to the positive feedback from commuters and success of the day’s activities. The Tippinators will be ‘on call’ for the next CBC food drive in support of Feed Nova Scotia.

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Dec 5, 2008

East Coast Champs

Originally published in February 2009 issue of Action Pursuit Games

East Coast Champs: Tippinators

Milsim Maniacs Battle the Tippinators for the Atlantic Woodsball League Series Title!

In the beginning, there was only woodsball. World title matches played out in the woods. There was no "speedball" no arena-ball games. Today, in return to paintball's strong suit, fields around the country see the resurgence in woodsball. Paintball is moving back into the woods, not only with big games and scenarios, but also with woodsball tournaments and competitive woodsball leagues...."

Acttion Pursuit Games - February 2009

One such league, the Atlantic Woodsball League (AWL), draws hardcore woodsballers from Eastern Canada. Due to demand are opening in 2007, the AWL expanded in 2008, for competition against the best teams in the region. The AWL works to keep the games fun and exciting for players regardless of experience.

AWL founder and event producer Shaun Langille said, "We learned a lot during 2007 that we applied to make the (2008) season even better. The influx of new teams to the league proves there is a market for this kind of paintball if it's done right"

The "easy to understand" game format has teams playing a single round robin format. Each match is broken into two 30-minute games with teams switching flag stations for the second game. This gives each team a turn at each flag station, to keep things even if there is ant field position advantage.

Points accumulated during play determine that match winner. Eliminating opposing players, plus taking and holding each of three flag stations, earn points for the team, eliminated players immediately re-enter the game after checking in with a scorekeeper and rechronographing.

The Simplicity of the play makes the games fun, exciting, and highly competitive. Jason Thomson of the Milsim Maniacs, impressed with the rule set and the high level of play, said, "The competition faced in the AWL put the fun back in woodsball. It's been a long time since I've seen such a dedicated group of players ready to play their hearts out"

"The show of sportsmanship by all players was incredible. It's fantastic to see a league that is a rewarding for woodsballers as it is fun," said Thomson.

Dan Lapham of the Tippinators, a former CXBL All-Star, enjoyed getting back to his paintball roots with competitive Woodsball. "AWL allowed me to once again feel all the reasons I first fell in love with the sports in the beginning," said Lapham. "Playing paintball, having fun, all in hopes of coming off the field with at least one good story to share in the staging area.

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