Special Olympics Canada Winter Games awarded to Newfoundland in 2016

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CORNER BROOK, N.L. — The Special Olympics Canada Winter Games will be held in Newfoundland in 2016.

Tourism Minister Derrick Dalley says the games in Corner Brook will mark the first time the province has played host to the event.

About 1,000 athletes and coaches are expected to take part.

Seven sports will be featured, including curling, speed skating, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing, downhill skiing and Nordic skiing.

Organizations: Nordic

Geographic location: Newfoundland, CORNER BROOK, Canada

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  • Saucy Face
    September 25, 2012 - 20:10

    If it costs more than $10 to get into a gold medal event there's no reason to to think that anyone in Corner Brook will buy a ticket unless they moved there. History has proved they won't support anything that costs more than a six pack of India Pale Ale or half pack of home rolled smokes. Cheap bunch out there; just ask their old senior hockey team.

    • Jackie Barrett
      September 26, 2012 - 08:30

      Saucy Face, the Special Olympics Canada Games usually have free admission to their events. Even the Floor Hockey and Curling Gold Medal games are free to attend. However, even though the Opening and Closing Ceremonies are free, you'll likely need a ticket to attend. Priority one is given to participants registered in the "Family and Friends" programs. By the way, to conform with Special Olympics Canada regulations, tobacco and alcohol consumption at all events during the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games is prohibited, so you'll be out of luck there.

  • Jackie Barrett
    September 25, 2012 - 14:25

    I was at the news conference this morning at Corner Brook City Hall about the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games. This is not just a great day for Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador, but a great day in particular for the Corner Brook Vikings Special Olympics Club. With this announcement, I hope that Special Olympics Corner Brook will get greater community support leading up to the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games. Corner Brook Vikings all the way.