Summer Games funding announced
Carbonear and Harbour Grace to share $200,000 for operating costs
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.