The towns of Carbonear and Harbour Grace have been named co-hosts of the 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games.
Recreation Minister Terry French made the announcement today (Jan. 24) during a ceremony in Conception Bay South.
“The Newfoundland and Labrador Games are highly-anticipated events which benefit the entire region where they are held, and have always proven to be a memorable experience for all involved,” said French.
“As a provincial government, we are committed to providing our athletes with opportunities to compete, develop their skills, and make new friends and memories to last a lifetime.”
Carbonear and Harbour Grace last hosted the games in 1992.
“The towns of Carbonear and Harbour Grace are communities rich in sports history and will greatly benefit as co-hosts of the upcoming 2012 Games,” said Carbonear-Harbour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy, who is also minister of health and community services.
“This is a fitting way in which to mark the 20th anniversary of a very successful summer games co-hosted by the communities in 1992.”
Carbonear mayor Sam Slade and Harbour Grace mayor Don Coombs were among a long list of dignitaries on hand for the announcement.
French also announced that Clarenville will host the winter games in 2014, and Conception Bay South will host the summer games in 2016.
The Newfoundland and Labrador games program was established in 1976 and is held every two years, alternating winter and summer games.
Athletes from all areas of the province, ages 11-18, compete in a range of sports selected by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation in conjunction with provincial sports organizations. The games are designed to encourage participation in sport and the pursuit of excellence, as well as to promote sport, recreation and community development.