Super sports set to kick off
Bay Roberts sporting event draws big crowds
The biggest sporting event in the Trinity Conception region is set to kick off this weekend in Bay Roberts. Super Sports Weekend will feature a 15-team men’s softball tournament, 11-team women’s volleyball tournament and a five and 10 kilometre road race.
The biggest sporting event in Conception Bay is set to kick off this weekend in Bay Roberts.
The sixth annual Super Sports Weekend runs July 19 -21 and features a cadre of events.
Headlining the event is a 15-team men’s slo-pitch softball tournament at the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex.
That number matches the highest attendance for the softball tournament since its beginning in 2007.
Bay Roberts recreation director Ian Flynn organizes the softball portion of the weekend. He said h’se seen the event grow in popularity each year. It has been through word of mouth, that the tournament has become a major athletic draw for the town.
“We’ve certainly gained a good reputation in how it’s organized and everyone seems to enjoy that weekend,” said Flynn.
There are four teams on a waiting list should one of the teams drop out, and Flynn was even contacted by a team from Ontario about playing. A 15-team tournament is difficult to run out of one field. To remedy that, Flynn has enlisted the use of ball fields in Harbour Grace and Upper Island Cove to help handle to influx of ball players in to the town.
Volleyball also a highlight
It is not only softball showcased during Super Sports Weekend.
There is also an 11-team women’s volleyball tournament being held at Ascension Collegiate, along with a five kilometre and 10 kilometre road race being held in the town. The
I’d love to see it grow to include a junior and senior weekend. — Bay Roberts recreation director Ian Flynn
race is being run in conjunction with Fusion Fitness. Angela Norman organizes the volleyball tournament. She said this year’s edition is the biggest yet. “It’s the most teams we’ve had,” said Norman. The women’s volleyball tourney has been a part of the weekend for the past five years and has seen the field of teams grow from six in its original incarnation.
“It keeps growing every year,” said Norman.
Road race planned
Pam Russell is the owner of Fusion Fitness in Bay Roberts.
Fusion is partnering with the town in order to put off its second annual 5k road race. Along with the 5k, Russell has added a 10k race as well as a children’s duathlon.
Open to children ages five to 12, participants will be running and biking their way to the finish line.
Last year, Russell said the race drew 36 competitors and she is hoping to see just as many running this year.
There are a couple of possibilities for expansion said Flynn. “I’d love to see a tennis tournament going on,” he said. Once the soccer field is operational, there would also be an opportunity to host a soccer tournament at the site.
But, Flynn is hoping to see some younger athletes taking part in the weekend as well.
It is within reason that with the ball hockey arena, the new skateboard and BMX park, along with the ball field, there could be a junior Super Sports Weekend as well. That is an idea that is not lost on Flynn. “I’d love to see it grow to include a junior and senior weekend,” he said.
Local team Morrow and Morrow captured the coveted Super Sports Weekend title in 2011. This year, the team will be looking to get back to the promised land. Morrow and Morrow were the first local team to win the championship. Shown in the picture are: front (l-r) — Andrew Hanley, Cory Bartlett, Jim Parsons and Jeremy Mercer; back — Jordan Thompson, Brad Jones, Allan Bowering, Stephen Dawe, Tyler Thompson, Randy Wade and Zack Ryan.