Co-chairs named for Bay Roberts’ 2020 N.L. Summer Games
The first event held to celebrate Bay Roberts’ successful Summer Games bid came with a bit of news about who will lead the charge to make it all happen.
Ascension Collegiate principal Neil Kearley and local lawyer Judy Morrow were named the official co-chairs for the 2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games. The announcement was made last Monday, March 26, at the Shearstown Community Centre, where young athletes, politicians, community volunteers and residents gathered. The official mascot for the games, Blaze, also made an appearance.
“I’m certainly pleased and honoured to be asked to take a role with this great event,” Kearley said, noting too he had great experiences in the past working on committees with Morrow, who was out of the province and unable to attend Monday’s event.
A former Summer Games athlete himself in the early 1980s, Kearley emphasized the regional nature of the event, with facilities in neighbouring communities pivotal to hosting a successful games. Representatives from town councils in Bishop’s Cove, Harbour Grace, Spaniard’s Bay and Upper Island Cove were also present for Monday’s event.
“There are great facilities in the towns that are neighbouring us that we can certainly use,” Kearley said. “But of course, at the same time we will be going to our MHAs and ministers looking to upgrade facilities, improve facilities and who knows, maybe have a legacy of some facility as well.”
Harbour Grace-Port de Grave MHA Pam Parsons suggested a year-round pool would be a well-welcomed addition to the town’s recreation infrastructure. The swimming pool in Carbonear will be used for the 2020 games.
“I’m grateful to say that finally we have a plan in place and money lined up for a completion date for (replacing) Coley’s Point Primary, and next after that minister, we’re looking for a pool,” Parsons said, followed by rounds of applause from the audience.
The cabinet minister Parsons referred to was Lisa Dempster, who is responsible for the province’s recreation portfolio. She also attended Monday’s event.
“We’re all still a bit fired up and passionate about the Deer Lake games, which just closed, and there’s so much that I can say about what the games will bring to our area,” Dempster said. “Some of you already know, you athletes who competed in the past.”
Well over 1,000 athletes are expected to descend on Bay Roberts for the 2020 games. Kearley indicated the town will likely need 500 volunteers to handle hosting duties.
“We’ll be asking you in the coming weeks and months to get involved and also to go and have that conversation with friends or your neighbour,” he said.
Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games mascot Blaze made his first visit to Bay Roberts since it was announced the town would host the 2020 games.
Harbour Grace-Port de Grave MHA Pam Parsons asked local athletes to come towards the stage as she spoke about what the Summer Games will mean for Bay Roberts.
Ascension Collegiate principal Neil Kearley, far right, is one of two co-chairs for the 2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games. Standing next to Kearley, from the left, is Town of Bay Roberts recreation director Ian Flynn and Mayor Philip Wood.
Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood, left, and Lisa Dempster, the cabinet minister responsible for recreation in Newfoundland and Labrador, chat with one of the attendees at last Monday’s launch for the 2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games.