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Tourism, Culture and Recreation
December 22, 2011

Staff Appointed to Lead the Province in the 2013 Canada Summer Games

Michelle Healey and Rod Snow have been selected as Chef and Assistant Chef de Mission to lead Team Newfoundland and Labrador in the 2013 Canada Summer Games from August 2 to 17, 2013 in Sherbrooke, Quebec. This is the second time the pair will be taking on these roles, having also served in the 2011 Canada Winter Games.

“On behalf of the Provincial Government, I am honoured to appoint Ms. Healey and Mr. Snow to the roles of Chef and Assistant Chef de Mission,” said the Honourable Derrick Dalley, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. “As leaders of Team Newfoundland and Labrador and as respected contributors to the sports community, they will provide our athletes with the guidance and support needed to prepare and compete at the country’s most prestigious amateur sporting competition. I wish them the best of luck.”

Michelle Healey is currently Director of Athletics with Memorial University and Rod Snow is Manager and High Performance Director with the Newfoundland and Labrador Sport Centre. Biographies are provided in the backgrounder below.

In addition, the Provincial Government is currently seeking 18 volunteers to become members of the mission staff. Working with Tourism, Culture and Recreation officials, mission staff will be responsible for all aspects of preparing and supporting Team Newfoundland and Labrador for the 2013 Canada Summer Games. For more information on applying to become a volunteer member of the mission staff, contact Kristina Turner at KristinaTurner@gov.nl.ca. Applications can be downloaded at www.tcr.gov.nl.ca/tcr/sports/games/canadagames/index.html. Applications must be submitted by January 19, 2012.

The Canada Games were established in 1967. Newfoundland and Labrador has been represented at every event. The games are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter. The province hosted the 1977 Canada Summer Games in St. John's and the 1999 Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook. Newfoundland and Labrador will again host the Canada Summer Games in 2021.

For more information about the 2013 Canada Summer Games, visit www.sherbrooke2013.ca/en.

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Media contact:
Diana Quinton
Director of Communications
Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
709-729-0928, 631-8155

Biographical Information

Michelle Healey, Chef de Mission
Born in St. Joseph’s, St. Mary’s Bay, Ms. Healey is a graduate of Memorial University with both a bachelors (honours) and masters of physical education. From 1991 to 1996, she was a dedicated member of the Sea-Hawks women’s basketball team. In 1989, she played with Team Newfoundland and Labrador’s basketball team at the Canada Summer Games in Saskatchewan. Since 1999, Ms. Healey has been a volunteer member of the Team Newfoundland and Labrador mission staff and, excluding the 2007 Canada Winter Games in the Yukon, she has attended all the games since that time. Ms. Healey was appointed assistant chef de mission for the 2009 Canada Summer Games in P.E.I. She was appointed chef de mission for the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Nova Scotia. Ms. Healey accepted her current position as the director of athletics at Memorial University in 2006

Rod Snow, Assistant Chef de Mission
Mr. Snow is a former professional rugby player who played with the Canadian National Rugby Team from 1992 to 2007. In 2005, he returned to the province as a member of the Newfoundland Rock in their national championship winning season. He is currently the manager and high performance director for the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Centre. Mr. Snow previously worked as the project manager on all phases of planning and construction of the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Centre. In addition, he was responsible for developing the province’s first high performance strength and conditioning program for Canada Games athletes in preparation for the 2009 Canada Summer Games. Mr. Snow was appointed assistant chef de mission for the 2011 Canada Winter Games. Mr. Snow has a Bachelor of Physical Education and Athletics from Memorial University.

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