Sportfest 2017 Kicks Off In Gander

June 16, 2017

Gander, NL - See it. Play it. Get Active. Sport Newfoundland and Labrador has launched its seventh annual Sportfest today and this year they’ve brought the excitement to Gander. For the next two days, children and their families will have an opportunity to sample a variety of sports, meet Canadian Olympians and learn what sporting options are available to them.

“We want people to leave today feeling excited,” said Troy Croft, Executive Director or SportNL. “ Sportfest allows youth to get a sense of the many sporting options available to them, and even a chance to try it out. It’s about having fun while getting active.”

Set up as a fully-interactive sporting festival, Sportfest will showcase 17 sports, offer various demos, highlight the importance of pararsport, include Olympic Medalists and provide information on KidSport, a program which provides financial assistance to those in need.

Today, Sportfest will welcome children from 10 schools across the central region. Then, on Saturday doors will open to the public at 9:00am.

The Canadian Olympic Committee is involved in Sportfest again this year, bringing Olympic Day to the event. There will be an area dedicated to Olympic Day, where children will have the opportunity to meet several Olympians and interact with them through sport. Olympic Day is an educational and physically interactive event, which calls to action the need to adopt and maintain healthy active lifestyles while living the Olympic Values: Fun; Fairness; Respect; Personal growth; and Leadership.

“While Sportfest is an event full of fun, I hope it’s a place where visitors feel inspired,” says Croft. “Meeting these accomplished Olympians and discovering the hard work and dedication that helped them accomplish their goals, should help these young people realize that their goals are within reach.”

Last night, Sportfest 2017 kicked off with a Roundtable session, where key members of the sporting community and various community leaders discussed the challenges and opportunities facing provincial sport organizations and how SportNL can work with these groups to make sport more accessible and maximize participation.

Sportfest 2017 at the Steele Community Centre promises to be an incredible event. Everyone is encouraged to attend on Saturday, June 17th. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 for a family pass.

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