Bay Roberts’ hosting of Newfoundland Summer Games delayed to 2024

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The Town of Bay Roberts will still get to host the 2024 Newfoundland Summer Games, only now it’s going to be in 2024.

The Town had been selected to host the 2020 games, scheduled for last August, but they had to be cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Recreation Director Ian Flynn, during a public council meeting January 26, noted the provincial government is planning an official announcement about the date change following the February election. Harbour Grace - Port de Grave MHA Pam Parsons also confirmed to The Shoreline, in an interview published in the January 28 edition, that Bay Roberts and area will still get to host the games, but not for three more years.

“Government is also looking at providing some funding for us to host some small-scale events for any athletes that will age out of the games,” said Flynn.

This means that athletes slated to participate in last year’s games, who will be too old to participate in 2024, may have some other means to compete, although no funding has been announced as of yet.

The Town also hopes to host the popular ball hockey tournament ‘Light the Lamp’ this year in some fashion that adheres to provincial public health guidelines.

Flynn said that pre-order items, such as t-shirts, may not be ordered as the COVID situation is unpredictable.

“We think that people need some kind of programming, and some kind of events, but we obviously have to see where we are at that time,” Flynn said. “So, we don’t want to do any long-term planning or start registration for an event in June when we don’t know what’s going to happen in June.”

Mark Squibb, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Shoreline News