Let the Games be­gin

Team P.E.I. takes part in Canada Sum­mer Games open­ing cer­e­monies Fri­day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JA­SON MAL­LOY

Summerside’s Lo­gan MacDougall led Prince Ed­ward Is­land into the Canada Games Fri­day night in Win­nipeg, and now it’s game time.

“It was amaz­ing,” said MacDougall, a three-time ath­lete of the year at Three Oaks Se­nior High. “Walk­ing out, see­ing all the fans and seats go­ing up for­ever, I’ve never seen any­thing like it. It’s some­thing I am go­ing to re­mem­ber for­ever.

“It was truly spec­tac­u­lar.” The Is­land’s Week 1 contingent of 168 ath­letes, coaches, man­agers and mis­sion staff marched into the MTS Cen­tre, home of the NHL’s Win­nipeg Jets, in their black shorts and green T-shirts af­ter a swel­ter­ing hot day that saw ath­letes get ac­cus­tomed to their sur­round­ings and prac­tise for com­pe­ti­tions that be­gin this morn­ing.

Ath­letes stopped as they passed Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau to take self­ies and gave young­sters high-fives.

Trudeau of­fi­cially opened the Games and com­pe­ti­tion be­gins to­day.

MacDougall and his base­ball team­mates play On­tario at 3 p.m. At­lantic in the opener. The pitcher and mid­dle in­fielder said the team has been train­ing for more than a year and is ready to rep­re­sent the prov­ince.

“We’re go­ing to go out and play hard,” he said.

For MacDougall, the trip to Win­nipeg will be a lengthy one, as he will play base­ball dur­ing Week 1 and stick around to join the in­door vol­ley­ball squad in Week 2.

It will also be a fam­ily af­fair, as MacDougall’s younger brother, Ben, is also here for both weeks in the same sports.

Prior to the caul­dron be­ing lit, Trudeau shared the torch with Canada Games alum­nus Doreen Bot­ter­ill, Kerry Burt­nyk, Su­san Auch, Kait­lyn Lawes and Cindy Klassen.

Toronto na­tive Ser­ena Ry­der per­formed Elec­tric Love and Cir­cle of the Sun.

The open­ing cer­e­mony took place at the Bell MTS Place, home of the NHL’s Win­nipeg Jets.

There were 852 per­form­ers in­volved in the open­ing cer­e­mony af­ter re­hears­ing for months. They ranged in age from nine to 89. There were 1,700 cos­tumes

in­volved.

Kylee Wal­lace took part in the wa­ter cer­e­mony, a tra­di­tional Indige­nous cer­e­mony honour­ing the sa­cred­ness, pu­rity and heal­ing power of wa­ter.

A large Cana­dian flag was un­furled as the Prairie Voices Choir per­formed O Canada.

JA­SON MAL­LOY/THE GUARDIAN

Lo­gan MacDougall, right, car­ries the Is­land flag to lead Team P.E.I. into the open­ing cer­e­monies of the 2017 Canada Sum­mer Games last night in Win­nipeg.

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Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau high fives some young Nova Sco­tia ath­letes at the Canada Sum­mer Games open­ing cer­e­mony in Win­nipeg last night.

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