Su­per Sports be­com­ing provin­cial ath­letic show­case

Bay Roberts event starts this weekend

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

The an­nual Su­per Sports Weekend in Bay Roberts is get­ting big­ger ev­ery year.

Noth­ing proves that more than the lat­est evo­lu­tion of the July 18-20 sport­ing ex­trav­a­ganza. It is con­sid­ered by many to be the big­gest sport­ing event in Con­cep­tion Bay.

A year ago the event added a five kilo­me­tre road race to the slate of ac­tiv­i­ties, which in­cluded men’s slo­p­itch soft­ball and women’s vol­ley­ball. This year, that run has been taken to the next level.

Now known as the Carved By The Sea Road Race, it is now a 10k race and is com­pletely ac­cred­ited by the New­found­land and Labrador Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion.

“That’s where we wanted to get with all of our events,” said Ian Flynn, one of the event or­ga­niz­ers.

Flynn has been in­volved with the or­ga­ni­za­tion of Su­per Sports since its first run­ning seven years ago.

He said ev­ery year his goal has been to add some­thing new and grow upon the pre­vi­ous year.

By all ac­counts, it is a goal Flynn and the rest of the Su­per Sports com­mit­tee has met. The slo­p­itch tour­na­ment fea­tures 16 teams and runs out of fields in Bay Roberts, Har­bour Grace and Up­per Is­land Cove.

Mean­while, the women’s vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment be­ing played at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts will fea­ture a host of teams.

Last year’s tour­na­ment brought in 11-teams. That num­ber is ex­pected to be sim­i­lar in size and scope.

“It is truly a re­gional event,” said Flynn.

There will also be a field ded­i­ca­tion as the ball­field at the Wil­bur Sparkes Re­cre­ation Com­plex in Bay Roberts will be named af­ter the late Lang­don Critch.

The high pro­file road race is not the only new edi­tion to Su­per Sports. The Bay Roberts Sea Lions will be again host­ing a provin­cial swim meet at the Bay Roberts pool.

Flynn said the boom of people from the swim meet will ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity.

“The swim meet brings in moms, dads, nans, pops, broth­ers and sis­ters,” he said.

Early this week, the pool was shut down due to is­sues with the fil­tra­tion sys­tem, but or­ga­niz­ers are hope­ful the is­sues will be re­solved by the time next weekend hits.

For many, the crown jewel of the weekend is the slo-pitch tour­na­ment.

It will bring many of the top soft­ball play­ers in the prov­ince to town and has re­ally be­come a draw on its own.

Flynn said teams are call­ing him want­ing to par­tic­i­pate rather than hav­ing to go out look­ing for teams. “It sells it­self, re­ally,” he said. Like last year, there will be home­run derby fea­tur­ing a player from each team in­volved.

There are still some ad­di­tions Flynn would like to see for Su­per Sports. He men­tioned his de­sire to host a soc­cer tour­na­ment at the Wil­bur Sparkes Re­cre­ation Com­plex, as well as events in ten­nis and ball hockey.

In pre­view of that vi­sion, there will be two Metro League soc­cer games tak­ing place on Satur­day ( July 19) fea­tur­ing teams from the CBN Ligth­n­ing at the soc­cer pitch at the Wil­bur Sparkes Re­cre­ation Com­plex in Bay Roberts.

“I’d like to see it keep grow­ing,” said Flynn.

Flynn an­tic­i­pates there will be up­wards to 700 new people in Bay Roberts dur­ing the three-day weekend.

It means al­most 1,000 people will be spend­ing their money at the var­i­ous restaurants and shop­ping es­tab­lish­ments in the com­mu­nity.

On top of that, Flynn an­tic­i­pates there will be un­par­al­leled ex­cite­ment around the com­mu­nity.

“It’s go­ing to be a buzz around town that weekend,” said Flynn.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Mor­row & Mor­row out­fielder Blair Adams (cen­tre) winds up to throw a ball into the in­field dur­ing Su­per Sports Weekend slo-pitch ac­tion at the ball­field in Up­per Is­land Cove on July 20, 2013. Su­per Sports Weekend is set for this year for July 18-20.

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