St. John’s, NL – The 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games will kick-start in Clarenville on Saturday, March 1. This year’s games are set to draw 1,400 athletes, coaches and staff from nine regions across the province, participating in 11 sports.
“We’re thrilled that so many of our young athletes in Newfoundland and Labrador are engaged in the 2014 NL Winter Games,” said Troy Croft, Executive Director of Sport NL. “The NL Games showcase the immense talent that exists in our sporting community and offers a venue for athletes to channel their pride and excitement.”
The Newfoundland and Labrador Games is a weeklong biannual multisport competition with youth from across the province converging on a Host region to compete for the Premier’s Cup. This year, youth from nine regions are headed to Clarenville for the competitions: St. John’s North, Mount Pearl South, St. Pierre et Miquelon, Avalon, Eastern, Western, Central, Labrador and Clarenville (Host Region). Eleven sports are included in this year’s games: Alpine, Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Gymnastics, Hockey, Table Tennis, Volleyball and Wrestling.
The event is made possible through a collaborative effort from Sport NL, the Provincial Government, the Host Committee (this year, in Clarenville) and Provincial Sport Organizations.
“We are very happy with the extensive preparations that the Host Committee has undertaken, as well as the cooperation of the Provincial Sport Organizations across the province,” said Glen Smith, Games Coordinator with Sport NL. “We look forward to a hugely successful Winter Games in Clarenville with over 1,400 athletes, coaches and staff taking part.”
The launch of the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games comes at the heels of the conclusion of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
“We’re so proud of the talent demonstrated by our fellow Canadian athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics, especially our homegrown figure skater Katelyn Osmond,” said Mr. Croft. “Across Newfoundland and Labrador, we tuned in and cheered during the Olympics, and we hope to keep the momentum and pride going here at home as NL’s youth athletes compete this week in Clarenville.”
Sport Newfoundland and Labrador is the volunteer organization committed to the promotion and advancement of amateur sport throughout the province. We represent 55 provincial sport organizations and over 90,000 individual members through the provision of various programs and services; liaison with government, communities, media and other representative organizations; and direction and leadership on issues that effect its members.
Sport NL is responsible for management and delivery of the Newfoundland and Labrador Games. This includes engagement with Provincial Sport Organizations, liaison with government consultants on funding and policy, collaboration with Host municipalities on facility and organizational requirements, and the implementation of policy and delivery of the NL Games in the selected Host region.