Young Athletes Enthusiastic About Summer Games
by D. Tobin, Gonzaga High School, St. John's NF

From August 17th to August 26th, young female and male athletes from across the Province and St. Pierre et Miquelon participated in the Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games in Mount Pearl, Nfld. During the two week sporting event I had the opportunity to meet and interview some of the athletes. To put it mildly, their overall response to the Games was that they were having a fabulous time and it was definitely a tremendous experience for them.

From the opening ceremonies on August 17th, throughout the sporting events and the closing ceremonies, it was easy to see that whether they won or lost they were enthusiastic about participating in the Games.

In addition to being at the games to compete, these athletes enjoyed the companionship of people their own age from across the province.

Kathy Coleman, tennis player from Corner Brook, NF stated:

"It's been a wonderful experience competing with tennis players from across the Province. The competition and the organization has been superb. I am loving every minute...from the tennis matches to getting to know other athletes from other parts of the province..."

Every event I attended it was the same thing - smiling faces, enthusiasm and great sportsmanship. For me, this is what the Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games symbolizes.

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