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July 21, 2010

Regional Games Event Provides Opportunity
for Youth from Bay Bulls to Bauline East

The Provincial Government has provided the Town of Bay Bulls with $10,000 to assist with the cost associated with hosting the 2010 Bays Bulls to Bauline East Regional Games, taking place August 19-22.

"The Regional Games Program allows our province's youth to participate in organized, yet non-competitive sport programming," said the Honourable Terry French, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. "It is part of the Provincial Government's efforts to provide our young people with opportunities to engage in physical activity, and encourage them to continue a healthy, active lifestyle throughout their lives."

The $100,000 Regional Games Program, administered through Recreation Newfoundland and Labrador, provides 10 communities with up to $10,000 to provide the youth, aged 11-18, with an opportunity to participate in multi-sport events within their regions.

"Promoting healthy living and access to recreational activities has been a key driver for community volunteers from Bay Bulls to Bauline East," said Keith Hutchings, MHA for Ferryland. "The Williams Government recognizes the importance of our youth being exposed to healthy activity and, through this funding, the regional games provides an exciting environment for our youth to have fun while enjoying various sporting activity."

Budget 2010: The Right Investments — For Our Children and Our Future provides over $1.2 million in new funding to improve existing programming and introduces new initiatives which support the goals and objectives of the provincial recreation and sport strategy, Active Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador.

Since the launch of the strategy in 2007, more than $70 million in Provincial Government funding has been committed to recreational and sport infrastructure, programming, and athlete development.

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Media contacts:

Heather May
Director of Communications
Tourism, Culture and Recreation
709-729-0928, 697-5061
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

2010 07 21                                                      10:40 a.m.

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