Clos­ing thoughts bring open praise for C.B.S.

Community rec­og­nized for its achieve­ments on and off the play­ing sur­face

The Southern Gazette - - SUMMER FESTIVAL - BY CORY HUR­LEY

Con­cep­tion Bay South was rec­og­nized as both tough a com­peti­tor and wel­com­ing host dur­ing the 2016 New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games, which con­cluded Satur­day in the community

The town, the Games or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee and it vol­un­teers re­ceived glow­ing re­views from seem­ingly ev­ery­body dur­ing the week-long event that ended with clos­ing cer­e­monies Satur­day evening.

Word was that from the small­est to biggest tasks, the com­mit­tee and its large group of vol­un­teers did every­thing asked of them, and more, by the hun­dreds of ath­letes and coaches.

Eric Schi­bler, the Games chair­man, and Con­cep­tion Bay South mayor Steve Tessier ac­knowl­edged that ef­fort dur­ing the of­fi­cial part of the clos­ing. The mayor said he has never been more proud to be from the town.

The Host Re­gion’s team was lauded as be­ing cour­te­ous on the field of play, show­ing the same sports­man­ship dis­played by most all of the hun­dreds of ath­letes and coaches through­out the com­pe­ti­tions. That was rec­og­nized with the pre­sen­ta­tion to the Host Re­gion of the Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor Award for most spir­ited and sports­minded re­gion.

The host was also pre­sented with the SportNL Award for great­est im­prove­ment in points be­tween the two most re­cent Games. St. John’s/North cap­tured the Pre­mier’s Award for most over­all points and also won the most gold medals, with 36. Mount Pearl/South had the most over­all medals, with 70.

Satur­day’s clos­ing cer­e­monies, em­ceed by co­me­di­ans Berni Stapleton and Amy House, brought the same party-like at­mos­phere for the sec­ond half ath­letes as the open­ing cer­e­monies which kick-started the event two weeks pre­vi­ous.

While lo­cal mu­si­cians rocked the stage again, a trio of New­found­land and Labrador ath­letes who have achieved na­tional success were in at­ten­dance to pro­vide some in­spir­ing words. Bas­ket­ball star Carl English, wheel­chair bas­ket­ball player Liam Hickey and fe­male base­ball stand­out Heather Healey an­swered ques­tion from Stapleton in a thought­ful and in­spi­ra­tional seg­ment.

JOE GIBBONS PHOTO/THE TELE­GRAM

Mem­bers of the Host team from Con­cep­tion Bay South celebrate their 9-2 win over the East­ern re­gion, rep­re­sented by the Car­bon­ear Is­landers, in the gold-medal game of the boys soft­ball com­pe­ti­tion Aug. 20 at the 2016 New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games at Sgt. Ned Nu­gent Field. The soft­ball team’s per­for­mance helped the Host re­gion win the SportNL Award for great­est Games-to-Games im­prove­ment in points.

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