Executive Council
March 26, 2018

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognizing the Success of the 2018 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games

Mr. Speaker, after a week of exciting competition, the 2018 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games concluded on March 18 in Deer Lake. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to attend some of the events, and it was such a pleasure to watch our province’s young athletes as they strived for the podium.

By all accounts, this year’s Winter Games was a resounding success for the 1,300 athletes, coaches and managers who participated. Their dedication, enthusiasm and sportsmanship were on full display throughout.

While it would be impossible to mention all the medal winners here today, I would like to acknowledge a few special team awards that were presented.

Central region won the Premier’s Cup, which recognizes the region accumulating the highest number of points, while St. John’s North region won the highest number of medals. Athletes from the Labrador region received the Sport Newfoundland and Labrador trophy, for the team showing the most improvement from one games to the next.

Finally, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award, which celebrates the overall spirit of friendly competition and fair play, went to Team Indigenous – a great achievement considering this was the first time that Indigenous athletes have competed as a single team at a Newfoundland and Labrador Games.

Mr. Speaker, the Newfoundland and Labrador Games is the largest multi-sport event for youth in the province, and has been encouraging participation in sport and the pursuit of athletic excellence for more than 40 years. Events like these that promote sport, recreation and healthy living are critical as we work to increase activity levels of residents of all ages.

I also congratulate the Town of Bay Roberts as the host community for the 2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games. I know the area is up to the task.

Mr. Speaker, I encourage all of our young athletes to set a goal of participating in an upcoming Newfoundland and Labrador Games. The memories gained and the friendships made could last a lifetime.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

2018 03 26                              1:50 p.m.