Executive Council
Children, Seniors and Social Development
April 3, 2017

Premier Ball Announces 2018 Winter Games Host Community

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, was in the western region of the province on Saturday, April 1, to announce the Town of Deer Lake as host community for the 2018 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games.

Established in 1976, and held every two years alternating between winter and summer, the games provide a competitive sport experience and support a pathway for athletes aspiring to represent the province at a national level. Approximately 1,600 athletes and coaches participate with athletes ranging in age from 11 to 18 years.

The Provincial Government supports the games through policy guidance, managing the hosting bid process and providing financial assistance. This year's host, the Town of Deer Lake, will receive $200,000 to assist with operating costs.

This initiative complements commitments outlined in The Way Forward: A Vision for Sustainability and Growth in Newfoundland and Labrador regarding the promotion of healthy living among youth. The vision guides Provincial Government actions to achieve greater efficiency, strengthen the province's economic foundation, enhance services and improve outcomes to promote a healthy and prosperous province.

"Congratulations to the Town of Deer Lake, and best wishes to all the organizers and volunteers who will make the 2018 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games a success. May the fun, festivity and fellowship of the games be felt by everyone next year as young athletes strive for personal bests, and create plenty of great memories for themselves and lucky spectators."
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

"We are incredibly excited to host the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in 2018. This is an excellent opportunity to support our province's best in sport, showcase the town and contribute to the region's economy. On behalf of the Town of Deer Lake, we look forward to welcoming athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers to our beautiful region of the province."
Dean Ball
Mayor of Deer Lake

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Learn more
Newfoundland and Labrador Games - www.nlgames.ca/ External Link Icon
Town of Deer Lake - www.town.deerlake.nf.ca/ External Link Icon
The Way Forward - thewayforward.gov.nl.ca/

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Media contacts

Michelle Cannizzaro
Office of the Premier

Junior Pinksen
Town of Deer Lake

2017 04 03                              12:35 p.m.