Tourism, Culture and Recreation
February 19, 2007

Corner Brook to Host 2008 Summer Games

Corner Brook, a city with a stellar history of hosting major sports competitions, will host the 2008 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games.

"I have every confidence that Corner Brook will put off an outstanding Summer Games," said the Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. "Corner Brook has a rich history in sport - not only on the local level, but also nationally and internationally. This great city has a flawless reputation for hosting world-class competitions such as the World Triathlon Championships and the 1999 Canada Winter Games, and we look forward to welcoming our young athletes to Corner Brook in 2008."

"The province received several excellent bids from communities wishing to host the 2008 Summer Games," said the Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Tourism Culture and Recreation. "Corner Brook was chosen for several reasons, including an exceptional volunteer base, excellent sporting facilities and the city�s demonstration time and again of the ability to play host to top-notch sporting events. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador will offer assistance in staffing and funding to make these games a success, including an operating grant of $200,000."

"The last time the City of Corner Brook hosted the Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games was in 1986, so it is certainly welcome news that the city has been successful in its bid to host the 2008 games," said the Honourable Tom Marshall, Minister of Finance and MHA for the District of Humber East. "I know the City of Corner Brook and its residents will warmly welcome the gifted young athletes from across our province, and they look forward to the opportunity to showcase the incredible community spirit of the people and the breathtaking scenery of this very special part of our province."

With today�s concern over rising obesity rates, particularly among young people, Minister Hedderson noted that sporting events such as the summer games provide an opportunity for young people to engage in increased physical activity through competitive sport which promotes personal health. This is consistent with the goals and objectives outlined in the Provincial Wellness Plan.

"The 2008 Summer Games will provide hundreds of young men and women with the opportunity to compete and excel in a variety of sports that are integral to their physical and mental development and encourage a lifetime of beneficial physical activity," said Minister Hedderson.

"My best wishes to the City of Corner Brook, organizers and volunteers in their preparation for what I�m sure will be another successful sporting event hosted by the west coast city."


Media contacts :

Elizabeth Matthews
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960, 351-1227
John Tompkins
Director of Communications
Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
709-729-0928, 728-7762

2007 02 19                                                     1:20 p.m.


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