Sum­mer Games fund­ing an­nounced

Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace to share $200,000 for op­er­at­ing costs

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

The towns of Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace have been granted $200,000 col­lec­tively by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to as­sist with the op­er­at­ing costs associated with co­host­ing the 2012 New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games.

In ad­di­tion to this fund­ing, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment will cover travel and trans­porta­tion costs for all of the ath­letes, coaches, of­fi­cials and man­agers, at the cost of ap­prox­i­mately $150,000.

Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy said the games will bring tremen­dous ben­e­fits to the area.

“Im­prove­ments to be made to our sports in­fra­struc­ture will be a last­ing legacy of what will un­doubt­edly be an­other very suc­cess­ful event in our area,” Kennedy stated in a news re­lease.

Re­cre­ation Min­is­ter Terry French said the sport­ing event will “pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for many ath­letes, coaches and man­agers through­out the prov­ince to par­tic­i­pate in a multi-sport competition that sup­ports ath­letic ad­vance- ment, sports­man­ship, and com­mu­nity-de­vel­op­ment.”

Car­bon­ear Mayor Sam Slade and his coun­ter­part in Har­bour Grace, Don Coombs, ex­pressed de­light at the an­nounce­ment.

“ This event will pro­vide a great op­por­tu­nity for youth in the prov­ince to par­tic­i­pate in var­i­ous sport­ing com­pe­ti­tions while hav­ing fun and de­vel­op­ing friend­ships that will last a life­time,” Slade said .

“I wish to ex­press ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the depart­ment on the ap­proval of a fund­ing grant which will as­sist with the op­er­at­ing ex­penses to host the games and be­gin the ini­tial plan­ning stages.”

Added Coombs: “ The Town of Har­bour Grace and its res­i­dents are ex­tremely ex­cited to once again co­host the 2012 New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games with the Town of Car­bon­ear.

“ We will again get a chance to show­case our ex­cel­lent re­cre­ation fa­cil­i­ties and the hos­pi­tal­ity that we are well known for. Our great vol­un­teer base is also wait­ing in an­tic­i­pa­tion of this great event and we en­cour­age all res­i­dents to con­sider vis­it­ing the towns in Au­gust 2012 as their hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.”

The New­found­land and Labrador Games pro­gram was es­tab­lished in 1976 and is held ev­ery two years, al­ter­nat­ing win­ter and sum­mer games.

Ath­letes from all ar­eas of the prov­ince, aged 11-18, com­pete in a range of sports se­lected by the Depart­ment of Tourism, Cul­ture and Re­cre­ation in con­junc­tion with pro­vin­cial sports or­ga­ni­za­tions. The games are de­signed to en­cour­age par­tic­i­pa­tion in sport, re­cre­ation and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, and the pur­suit of ex­cel­lence.

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