Closing Winter Games ceremonies rock Clarenville

Shawn Hayward
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The end of the games went out loud at the Clarenville Events Centre Saturday night with celebrity hosts and a lot of rock and roll.

Dan O'Toole, one of the night's emcees, gives some high fives to the audience during the closing ceremonies of the 2014 NL Winter Games.

Jay Onrait and Dan O'Toole, Fox Sports broadcasters formerly with TSN, were the emcees for the night. This was their second time in the province, the first being in 2012 when they came to Clarenville for the Kraft Celebration Tour.

Onrait and O'Toole screeched in some students in the style of California, where they now work, with non-fat lukewarm mocha lattes. They took the crowd through a version of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and O'Toole later threw some muffins to the crowd.

There were team awards presentations. Western won the award for most points of any team, the Premier's Cup, and the host team won the Sport NL Award.

Local band Saving Her Serenity then played the Games theme song "Ready. Set. Snow" with articial snow falling from the rafters of the CEC. Later on another band with Clarenville roots, Phantom 4, played everything from AC/DC to "Heave Away."

Clarenville High School's Applied Music Class 2206 played some songs as well, "Travelin' Soldier" by the Dixie Chicks and "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" by Jet.

Newfoundland Olympian Katelyn Osmond provided a video congratulations to the young athletes, encouraging them to continue with their athletic goals.

Terry French, the minister of tourism and recreation, officially closed out the NL Winter Games in Clarenville, followed by the singing of Ode to Newfoundland.

 For a full gallery of photos from the closing ceremonies, CLICK HERE

Organizations: AC/DC, Dixie Chicks

Geographic location: Clarenville, California, Newfoundland

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