Eyes on Summer: Bay Roberts will host next N.L. Games, after Deer Lake's turn this winter

To cap off a successful Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Deer Lake Saturday night, Bay Roberts was chosen to host the next Games in two years.

Mayor Philip Wood says hosting the next games is a win-win for the whole area

Team Central with Premier Dwight Ball at the N.L. Winter Games closing ceremonies Saturday night in Deer Lake. Central won the Premier's Cup for earning the most points in the competition. (Twitter/John Haggie)

The official closing ceremonies of the 2018 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games were jam-packed in Deer Lake Saturday night, with a big announcement to go with the awards presentation — the host community for the next games.

Deer Lake passed the torch to the Town of Bay Roberts, which was named host of the 2020 N.L. Summer Games. 

"We're extremely pleased," says Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood. 

"I think it's going to be a good economic boost and a tourism boost for the entire area."

"But I think most importantly, it'll help increase community pride as we work together in putting off the Summer Games, and I think you can't underestimate the community pride of citizens working together for the betterment of their community," the mayor said. 

 

Wood said two people from Bay Roberts ran up to him to volunteer their help for the next Games before they'd even left the arena in Deer Lake Saturday night, "and that's the kind of thing we're looking for!"

In their growing community, with 600 new houses built in the past few years, Wood said Bay Roberts has "put a lot of emphasis and dollars into our recreation facilities."

"We're proud of our facilities and we think this will add to it," he added, thanks to some upgrading from the provincial government and corporate sponsorships. 

Games bring hundreds of people to town

Each N.L. Games involves up to 1,600 young athletes, coaches and managers competing in the various sports with hundreds of volunteers making everything happen, all led by the host committee. 

The province is divided into nine regions for the competition, including a separate Indigenous region for the first time ever this year, and St-Pierre-Miquelon participating as a 10th region. 

 

Team Indigenous won the Lieutenant Governor award, Team Labrador won the Sport Newfoundland and Labrador award, and Central Region took home the Premier's Cup for the first time in 42 years — earning the most points of any N.L. Games. 

St. John's/North earned the most medals, at 30, with Western not far behind at 27 and both regions tying with 14 gold medals. Central came third with 16 medals in total. 

For full results, please visit the N.L. Games website here.