The NL Win­ter Games ap­proach

Mayor Dean Ball ap­pre­ci­ates the re­gional sup­port in host­ing 2018 New­found­land and Labrador Win­ter Games

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - BY DAVE KEARSEY dkearsey@thewest­ern­ Twit­ter: WS_S­port­sDesk

Deer Lake Mayor Dean Ball gave an up­date on the progress of the 2018 New­found­land and Labrador Win­ter Games.

It’s al­ways good to see when com­mu­ni­ties pull to­gether.

Deer Lake Mayor Dean Ball shared that mes­sage with mem­bers of the Ro­tary Club of Cor­ner Brook when he spoke about Deer Lake tak­ing the lead role in host­ing the 2018 New­found­land and Labrador Win­ter Games with a num­ber of neigh­bours play­ing a help­ing hand in putting out the wel­come mat.

The Games are only 56 days away and Ball has seen the ex­cite­ment level con­tinue to climb in the air­port town as the Games draw near.

Deer Lake will host the ma­jor­ity of the sports for the week, but Rocky Har­bour, Pasadena, Steady Brook and Cor­ner Brook will pro­vide venues that were great fits for the re­spec­tive dis­ci­plines they will host.

“It’s a re­gional process and I’m ex­cited about the way it draws all of our com­mu­ni­ties to­gether,” Ball said. “Even though Deer Lake is spear­head­ing it we wouldn’t be able

to do it with­out the sup­port­ing com­mu­ni­ties in our re­gion.”

Ball said over 2,000 peo­ple, in­clud­ing ath­letes and coaches, are ex­pected to con­verge on the west coast for the Games and

he ap­pre­ci­ates hav­ing the sup­port of the other com­mu­ni­ties be­cause Deer Lake wouldn’t be able to ac­com­mo­date such a large group when it’s only a town with a pop­u­la­tion just over 5,500 peo­ple.

He fig­ures it’s go­ing to take close to 500 vol­un­teers to stage the Games and there are al­ready 350 peo­ple reg­is­tered as vol­un­teers so he doesn’t fore­see any prob­lems re­cruit­ing more and there’s a num­ber of pro­mo­tions in the works to help cre­ate more en­ergy and ex­cite­ment over the Games.

Try­outs for var­i­ous western teams for the Games are ex­pected to be clewed up this week so Mayor Ball is look­ing for­ward to the re­lease of the list of ath­letes who will wear the Western logo at the Games.

It’s a chance for ath­letes to shine in their re­spec­tive dis­ci­pline, but Mayor Ball said the host com­mit­tee is fo­cused on plan­ning some ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar events for the ath­letes to keep them en­gaged when not com­pet­ing.

“We want to make this a very ex­cit­ing week for our ath­letes,” he said. “Most of them are go­ing to be very young and we want to make sure this is a life­last­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for them.”


Deer Lake Mayor Dean Ball talks about Deer Lake play­ing host to the 2018 New­found­land and Labrador Win­ter Games as guest speaker at the Ro­tary Club of Cor­ner Brook weekly meet­ing Thurs­day at Green­wood Inn & Suites in Cor­ner Brook.

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