Su­per sports set to kick off

Bay Roberts sport­ing event draws big crowds

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS nmercer@cb­n­com­

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.

Ex­pan­sion plans

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.

Sub­mit­ted photo

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.

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