Bay Roberts get busy again with Super Sports Weekend
BAY ROBERTS, NL — Balls were hit, laps were swam, runners raced and good times were had as Bay Roberts hosted hundreds of athletes for its annual Super Sports Weekend.
According to Coun. Dean Franey, the town’s recreation committee chairperson, an estimated 765 people took part July 14-16, not including spectators who were out and about to cheer on their loved ones in sports like ball hockey, swimming, softball and volleyball.
“Based on sports tourism numbers … you’re looking at $200,000 to $300,000 a day was pumped into the region,” he said, noting ball fields in Harbour Grace and Upper Island Cove were used, with Harbour Grace’s arena also hosting some games of ball hockey.
Softball featured 15 teams on three fields, with locals Morrow, Morrow & Crosbie and Ecofoam winning the A and B divisions respectively.
The 10-kilometre Carved By The Sea road race featured 68 runners, and the women’s volleyball tournament at Ascension Collegiate attracted 10 teams. Mary Browns Bay Roberts won over a team from Bonavista in that event.
For the under-11 and under13 provincial ball hockey tournaments, there were an Riley Meadus comes around a corner during the 2017 Carved By The Sea 10-kilometre road race. estimated 200 spectators per game, which kept the Bay Arena canteen busy as well.
“One of the ladies I work with, her son played, and she came into my office today and she told me that that tournament at the Bay Arena … was the best run tournament they’ve ever been to,” Franey said. “So kudos to the organizers of that tournament at the Bay Arena.”
The swim meet included teams from Bay Roberts, Clarenville, Marystown and Grand Bank, with 190 swimmers registered.
The Bay Roberts Sea Lions hosted a swim meet for Super Sports Weekend.
Ecofoam out of Bay Roberts were B-division champs for Super Sports Weekend in softball.
Bay Roberts Deputy Mayor Walter Yetman, left, and Tom Peckford show off their post-race medals earned for running in the Carved By The Sea road race.
There was plenty of volleyball action at the gymnasium of Ascension Collegiate for Super Sports Weekend.
The softball A-division champs for Super Sports Weekend were Morrow, Morrow & Crosbie.
Bay Arena hosted two provincial ball hockey tournaments during Super Sports Weekend.