Co-chairs named for Bay Roberts’ 2020 N.L. Sum­mer Games

The Compass - - Editorial - BY ANDREW ROBIN­SON editor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

PHOTOS BY ANDREW ROBIN­SON/THE COM­PASS

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.

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