Executive Council
April 8, 2019

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

Premier Ball Congratulates Athletes, Officials and Volunteers for a Successful Labrador Winter Games

Mr. Speaker, I rise today in this Honourable House to speak about the success of the Labrador Winter Games, which took place from March 17 to 23 in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay area.

It was a tremendous experience taking part in the opening ceremonies alongside community and Indigenous leaders, my colleagues, and other guests. I was especially honoured to recognize Mr. Boyce Bessey, an outstanding volunteer who had a long history with the Labrador Winter Games ever since they began in 1983, and who is dearly missed today.

During the games I enjoyed watching incredible action from the volleyball court, exciting races from the snowshoe course, and the expert marksmanship from the target shooting range. I especially enjoyed leading an invigorating snowshoe trek with an enthusiastic group of Special Olympians and youth.

Mr. Speaker, this incredible event, the Labrador Winter Games, brings together athletes, officials, volunteers and supporters for a week of competition, cultural activities, and a celebration of the traditional Labrador lifestyle. Athletes are proud to represent their communities and compete in a spirit of friendship and respect.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is proud to support the Labrador Winter Games. I commend the board of directors, along with event officials, partners and volunteers for putting off a successful series of events.

Mr. Speaker, I invite my colleagues to join with me in congratulating Happy Valley-Goose Bay for winning the Labrador Cup, as well as Sheshatshiu for receiving the Premier’s Cup, and to all who participated the Labrador Winter Games.

Thank you.

2019 04 08                              1:45 p.m.