Bound for Win­ter Games

Ex­pects ex­pe­ri­ence will aid his work pre­par­ing for 2020 N.L. Sum­mer Games in Bay Roberts

The Compass - - Front page - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON edi­[email protected]­n­com­pass.ca

Bay Roberts recre­ation di­rec­tor Ian Flynn was re­cently named to the mis­sion staff for Team New­found­land and Labrador at the 2019 Canada Win­ter Games, held in Al­berta. He spoke with The Com­pass about the op­por­tu­nity.

Ian Flynn knows what it’s like to be part of New­found­land and Labrador’s mis­sion staff for a Canada Games, though he ex­pects his ex­pe­ri­ence this time around will be a lot colder.

The recre­ation di­rec­tor for the Town of Bay Roberts was among 15 peo­ple named to the mis­sion staff on Mon­day, June 18, for the 2019 Canada Win­ter Games, hap­pen­ing in Red Deer, Al­berta.

“It’s a great priv­i­lege,” Flynn told The Com­pass last Tues­day.

He was part of the mis­sion staff for Team New­found­land and Labrador at the 2013 Canada Sum­mer Games in Sher­brooke, Que­bec. Work­ing ex­clu­sively with the track and field com­peti­tors along­side coaches and man­agers, he was kept plenty busy.

“It’s a lot of work,” he said. “You ba­si­cally wake up at 7 o’clock ev­ery morn­ing and take on the re­spon­si­bil­ity of look­ing af­ter a full team of a par­tic­u­lar sport.”

That ex­pe­ri­ence gave him a sense of the scope of the games, and Flynn found it to be ed­u­ca­tional when ap­plied to his own work for the Town of Bay Roberts. That work in­cludes run­ning events and col­lab­o­rat­ing with vol­un­teers.

He un­der­stands the Canada Win­ter Games is gen­er­ally a smaller event than its sum­mer coun­ter­part. But with the town hav­ing been named host for the 2020 New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games, Flynn knows it will be an­other op­por­tu­nity to learn and aid his work for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

“One-hun­dred per cent, I think that I’ll cer­tainly have my eyes and ears a lit­tle more open to how things are be­ing done be­hind the scene,” Flynn said, adding he ap­pre­ci­ates hav­ing the town’s sup­port to at­tend the event. “If I can bring back any as­pects of that to our com­mu­nity to help our games run smoother in front of the cur­tain and be­hind the cur­tain, I’m sure will be valu­able to ev­ery­body in­volved.”

The 2019 games take place Feb. 15-March 3.

“If I can bring back any as­pects of that to our com­mu­nity to help our games run smoother in front of the cur­tain and be­hind the cur­tain, I’m sure will be valu­able to ev­ery­body in­volved.”

Ian Flynn

COM­PASS FILE PHOTO

Bay Roberts recre­ation di­rec­tor Ian Flynn was re­cently named to the mis­sion staff for Team New­found­land and Labrador at the upcoming 2019 Canada Win­ter Games in Red Deer, Al­berta.

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