More weekends like Super Sports
In the Town of Bay Roberts, the third weekend of July is reserved for Super Sports Weekend.
It is a weekend circled on calendars across the province for athletes from a number of games and interested parties, alike.
To put it simply, it is one of the largest summer sporting events in the region and brings together several sports aimed directly for the athletic fanatic who has trouble focusing on one sport at a time.
Simply known as super sports, the weekend is part men’s softball tourney sprinkled with a dash of swim meet, a smidgeon of road race and just a pinch of volleyball tournament.
Together the mixture pro- duces something that is a fine example of offering a little something for everyone. Last season featured a set of youth soccer games.
Unfortunately due to field conditions, that may not be possible. Despite that set back, Super Sports Weekend is still on par to be as popular as ever. But, what makes it click? For one, it helps that the local softball league has 10 teams. This cuts down on the number of outside teams the softball organizer has to invite and the spots he has to fill.
Local teams are usually in the mix come Sunday’s games, which helps draw crowds to the Wilbur Sparkes Recreation Complex to cheer on the hometown lads.
While the softball tourney may be the engine at the heart of the weekend, each event works in conjunction with the other.
The road race brought in dozens of enthusiasts from around the province to test themselves on a new course. The field included a sound mixture of some of the provincial running heavyweights and weekend warriors looking to test their fitness level.
At Ascension Collegiate is where you’ll find the ladies set- ting and spiking volleyballs. It is always a popular event that keeps people talking year round.
Adjacent to that, a raucous crowd will fill the Bay Robert swimming pool to cheer on their favourite swimmers during the Sea Lions annual swim meet. So what’s the point to all this? It’s simple. Personally, I’d like to see more variations of this sporting festival. Not just as a predominantly sports reporter, but also as a fan.
It is a showcase of what various sporting groups can do when they put their heads together. The tournaments are separate entities, but each is pulling for the other to succeed.
Each group works together to ensure the weekend is viewed as an overall success. Hopping from one event to another can be taxing, but at the same time, pleasurable as you get to watch older athletes test themselves against the young lions.
There is also the occasional passing of the guard when their hungrier, longtime opponents dethrone those repeat champions. Just imagine towns like Carbonear and Placentia organizing a similar event and running them after the Bay Roberts weekend. It’d blow the mind of any sports enthusiast.
Each community has the necessary tools and talent to get it done.