More week­ends like Su­per Sports

The Compass - - SPORTS - Ni­cholas Mercer is a re­porter/pho­tog­ra­pher with The Com­pass. He lives in Bay Roberts and can be reached at nmercer@cbn­com­pass.ca. Ni­cholas Mercer

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.

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