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Tourism, Culture and Recreation
May 22, 2009

Regional Games Program Focuses on Participation

The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, today announced $100,000 in funding for the 2009 Regional Games Program, which will see regional events held in select communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador this year.

"The Regional Games Program is an ideal means for our province’s youth to become physically active and participate in organized sport," said Minister Jackman. "It is essential that we instill in our young people, at an early age, the importance of physical activity and making healthy choices."

The annual program, administered through Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador, provides an opportunity for the province’s youth, aged 11-18, to come together within their respective regions and participate in multi-sport events in a fun, structured, but non-competitive environment. Each of the selected regions receives up to a maximum of $10,000 to offset the financial costs of hosting an event. To date, the following Regional Games events have been approved:

  • Killick Coast; Town of Pouch Cove and Town of Flatrock - August 10-14
  • Cabot Loop; Bonavista Area Youth Network (BAYNet) – August 17-20
  • Baccalieu; Town of Carbonear and Town of Bay Roberts - August 24-28
  • Several proposals from other regions are under consideration. The program can support a maximum of 10 events, which are held at different times during the year.

    The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador remains committed to sport and athlete development in this province. Budget 2009 provides an additional $875,000 to improve existing sport and recreation programming, and introduce new initiatives which support the goals of the Provincial Government’s recreation and sports strategy, Active, Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador (2007). Through initiatives identified in the strategy, more than $8.1 million in new funding has been invested in the recreation and sport sectors over the past three years.

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    Media contact:

    Heather May
    Director of Communications
    Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
    709-729-0928, 697-5061

    2009 05 22                                                    11:00 a.m.

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