Super Sports becoming provincial athletic showcase
Bay Roberts event starts this weekend
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.
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.