The Games legacy con­tin­ues

The Compass - - NEWS -

It’s been al­most a year since the 2012 New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games took place in Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace, but mem­bers of the host com­mit­tee is still com­plet­ing their fi­nal tasks.

On June 18 at Fong’s Mo­tel and Restau­rant in Car­bon­ear, com­mit­tee co-chairs Joey Ge­orge and Mil­ton Peach, and trea­surer Cindy Goff, pre­sented a cheque worth some $52,000 to Car­bon­ear Mayor Sam Slade and Har­bour Grace Deputy Mayor Terry Barnes.

This money is a con­tri­bu­tion to the Legacy Fund of the Games, a pro­ject started dur­ing the last time the area hosted the event — 1992.

The fund has helped pro­vide bur­saries and schol­ar­ships to lo­cal ath­letes to con­tinue their ed­u­ca­tion or ad­vance their ath­letic en­deav­ours.

Ge­orge said the money is hope­fully go­ing to be used for a broader pur­pose, and may also help th­ese ath­letes pay for trips or to at­tend events they may not nor­mally be able to af­ford.

Al­though re­cip­i­ents from last year’s event have not been se­lected, a com­mit­tee is be­ing es­tab­lished to help de­ter­mine the de­serv­ing and ded­i­cated ath­letes that will re­cieve fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to­wards their fu­ture goals.

Ge­orge said spon­sor­ships for the Games were the main rea­son the do­na­tion was so large, but the sub-com­mit­tees were also sig­nif­i­cantly re­spon­si­ble.

“All di­rec­tors had bud­gets and 85 per cent of the com­mit­tees brought their ex­pen­di­tures in un­der those bud­gets.”

The money will be dis­trib­uted to ath­letes from ev­ery year the games are held so many of them have the op­por­tu­nity to ben­e­fit from it.

The next Sum­mer Games event will take place in 2016 in Con­cep­tion Bay South.

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