Wood displeased over Games’ snub
The deputy mayor of Bay Roberts was expressing disappointment last week following an announcement that named Carbonear-Harbour Grace, Conception Bay South and Clarenville as the next three hosts for the Newfoundland and Labrador Games.
“I congratulate all the towns, but I must express my disappointment,” Philip Wood said during a Jan. 25 town council meeting.
All three towns have previously hosted a games.
Bay Roberts had unsuccessfully applied to host the 2008 summer games, which went to Corner Brook, and had also applied to host the 2014 winter games, which went to Clarenville.
“ This would have been an opportunity for us to build on our recreational facilities. Now the earliest we can get a games is 2018 or 2020,” Wood said.
Wood said some might question the ability of Bay Roberts to host a winter games, but said “it could have been a truly regional event.”
Recreation Minister Terry French announced Jan. 24 that CarbonearHarbour Grace will host the summer games in 2012. It will be the 20th anniversary of the last time the two towns co-hosted the event.
Clarenville will host the winter games in 2014, while Conception Bay South will host the summer games in 2016.
Wood said he didn’t want to slight any other towns, but said it would have made more sense to bring the games to a town that had never hosted.
He added that town staff and local volunteers were also “ very disappointed” by the announcement.