© — Star photo by Gary Kean
Simon Tibbo and Maddi Hulan can’t wait for the fun they’ll have as this year’s Corner Brook Winter Carnival ambassadors.
CORNER BROOK They know a hectic schedule and more grub than they will ever be able to eat awaits them, but this year’s Corner Brook Winter Carnival ambassadors know the real value of their upcoming role.
Maddi Hulan and Simon Tibbo, both Level 3 students at Corner Brook Regional High School, were selected last week to symbolize the city’s younger generation at the 2013 celebration of winter in the city.
“Being put in a position where you are representing the youth of the city is kind of humbling because it shows people appreciate you for the kind of person you are,” said Tibbo, a tennis player/coach who also plays volleyball and is a member of the high school band.
“Having that validation and to be able to go and be confident in front of people is something I am going to learn through this experience and is going to help me for the rest of my life.”
Hulan, who is vice-president of the high school’s student council, agreed.
“I think this will improve our leadership skills and responsibilities,” she said. “Ten days with a complete variety of people is going to shape us into better people by getting more involved in our community.”
The two have already had quite an experience during the ambassador contest, including getting to know some fellow students they never really knew before.
Both Hulan and Tibbo were contestants in 2012 and couldn’t wait to go for it again. In fact, they teamed up to do skits from the hit television show “Big Bang Theory” during both contests.
“We did (a different) one again this year, so it was nice to be ambassadors with each other,” said Tibbo.
Not being in their senior year of high school did not deter them last year and Tibbo and Hulan would urge any high school student — even those in Level 1 — to soak up the ambassador contest experience, even if they don’t win the title.
“Some people in Level 1 think they should not go in it because they don’t think they would win,” said Hulan.
“We didn’t know what we were getting into last year, but then we spent 10 days doing so many activities and we loved it.”
Tibbo said the 2012 ambassador contest was the best 10 days of last year for him.
“I made friends with people last year who are back in the contest again this year and we’ve become even closer,” he said.
Both times around, Tibbo and Hulan said their favourite activity was bowling with a group of enthusiastic Special Olympians.
“It was so good to see them having so much fun out interacting with everyone,” said Hulan.
They know the 10 days following the opening ceremonies this coming Friday will be full of special moments and they cannot wait.
“We’re used to being flat out from all of the things we are involved with, so I think we’ll be able to make it through this,” said Hulan.