New provincial sport and training centre officially opened in St. John's

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An $8-million world class, state-of-the-art athlete training facility for the province was opened in St. John's this morning.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Centre, located on Crosbie Road, was opened by Premier Danny Williams; Loyola Hearn, the province's representative in the federal cabinet; St. John's Mayor Dennis O'Keefe, and Dr. Pat Parfrey, chairman of the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Centre Steering Committee.
The funding was provided by the three levels of government, the sports community, and the private sector.
Williams noted the centre, located in proximity to existing sports infrastructure - including the Swilers Rugby Club and the Wishingwell soccer facility - will serve as a venue for athlete training and to host provincial, national and international competitions for the more than 70,000 athletes, coaches and administrators that make up Sport Newfoundland and Labrador (SNL).
"The athletes of this province now have a first-class facility in which they can train and compete," Williams said.
"Newfoundland and Labrador has produced world-calibre athletes, particularly in recent years, and this facility is designed to ensure we continue to nurture young talent so that there will be many more in years to come."
The Newfoundland and Labrador Sport Centre complex, which will be operated as a provincial Crown corporation, includes two buildings - a multi-purpose indoor training facility and a high-performance centre.
The training facility, to be known as The PowerPlex, is named for multi-sport athlete Norbert (Dick) Power, best known for his accomplishments in the sport of soccer. It can be subdivided into two gymnasia - the Crosbie Gymnasium and the Parsons Gymnasium - named for the late Andrew C. Crosbie and the late Bernard D. Parsons, in recognition of the Crosbie Family's support for the project.
The PowerPlex provides Newfoundland and Labrador's elite athletes with access to a boxing/combat room, locker/shower rooms and a 2,944 square-foot gymnasium which is large enough to have four basketball, seven volleyball or seven badminton courts playable at any one time.
The high-performance centre, to be called the Dr. Noel Browne High-Performance Centre, is an extension to the adjacent Swilers Rugby Club, and includes a multi-purpose meeting room, three offices and a strength and conditioning room which is on equal scale, and of equal quality, to many of North America's professional sports teams' facilities. Dr. Browne is regarded as the founding father of rugby in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Dr. Parfrey noted the realization of this centre was the result of excellent working partnerships with the three levels of government, the community from which funds were raised, Swilers Rugby Club, and Sport Newfoundland and Labrador.
"Today is a momentous occasion as this facility means positive change for Newfoundland and Labrador's athletes and the future of sport in this province," Parfrey said.

Organizations: Swilers Rugby Club, Sports Centre, Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Centre Steering Committee Newfoundland and Labrador Sport Centre The PowerPlex

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's, Crosbie Road North America

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  • Ralphy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    The MUN facility is far from world-class; nobody (not even MUN) suggests that is the case. The MUN facility is inadequate for the needs of the province's athletes.

  • sandy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:32

    wonderful addition:

    such a facility is needed by so many of our athletes in our province; will become another provincial icon, sans doubt; great stuff.

    Now, hopefully the people who were instrumental with this project will now be unfettered, hopefully not icarian so, to do some thing, as political and as wonderful, with the iconic, trans-provincial potholes.

    Potholes?.....

    the potholes of/with *our hospital line-ups; *our mis-education facilities; * seniors'debilitating fixed income; *increments given to mha's travel allotments; * and my phattest: the immoral, yet legalized slavery of the minimum wage ...

    just-a-few of the pothole-creating projects
    on which they can now focus.

  • Ed
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    Many thanks to those who put in the time, fought to get the money, and made the effort to get this completed. Lets keep in mind that there was no other adequate facility present. Sure, it's in St. John's, but I'm just glad that someone had the courage to get it started during a rough time in our economy. We should concentrate less on bickering about where it is located and focus on encouraging our local councils and provincial government to work together to support our athletes access to this facility. Lets hope it helps produce more outstanding athletes who will continue showing the world how amazingly talented our people are.

  • Billy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Yup, Great facility. I just love how it is labeled a provincial facility. I'm sure people from St. Anthony and other parts of the province will definitely avail of the provincial facility.

  • Seamus
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Your right, If this facility was in St. Anthony a lot more people would get to use it. This sarcastic remark is just to point out that the highest chunk of the population is in St. John's so building it elsewhere would be counter productive.

  • Tom
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    Two of my kids have been involved with provincial teams (basketball and volleyball) for the past number of years. Each summer these teams have had to scrounge for gym time and quite often they would lose out on valuable training time. I applaud the opening of this facility, it finally gives our provincial athletes a training facility that is indeed first class.

  • Don
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Nice idea but don't we have a world class facility/gym at mun? I guess a few rugby players will a place to go indoors during the winter!!!

  • wayne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    OMG---underlying negative remarks about this PowerPlex (ex:location;uselessness of project;money involved etc). If this building was not available there would be griping about that too!. That is our problem here in Newfoundland, we can never be happy with what we have. We harp on it if we don't have services and we harp on it when we do! Be grateful that we have it; lots of people worked very hard to get this done. Typical Newfoundlanders--we always bite the hand that feeds us!

  • Ralphy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    The MUN facility is far from world-class; nobody (not even MUN) suggests that is the case. The MUN facility is inadequate for the needs of the province's athletes.

  • sandy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    wonderful addition:

    such a facility is needed by so many of our athletes in our province; will become another provincial icon, sans doubt; great stuff.

    Now, hopefully the people who were instrumental with this project will now be unfettered, hopefully not icarian so, to do some thing, as political and as wonderful, with the iconic, trans-provincial potholes.

    Potholes?.....

    the potholes of/with *our hospital line-ups; *our mis-education facilities; * seniors'debilitating fixed income; *increments given to mha's travel allotments; * and my phattest: the immoral, yet legalized slavery of the minimum wage ...

    just-a-few of the pothole-creating projects
    on which they can now focus.

  • Ed
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    Many thanks to those who put in the time, fought to get the money, and made the effort to get this completed. Lets keep in mind that there was no other adequate facility present. Sure, it's in St. John's, but I'm just glad that someone had the courage to get it started during a rough time in our economy. We should concentrate less on bickering about where it is located and focus on encouraging our local councils and provincial government to work together to support our athletes access to this facility. Lets hope it helps produce more outstanding athletes who will continue showing the world how amazingly talented our people are.

  • Billy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Yup, Great facility. I just love how it is labeled a provincial facility. I'm sure people from St. Anthony and other parts of the province will definitely avail of the provincial facility.

  • Seamus
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Your right, If this facility was in St. Anthony a lot more people would get to use it. This sarcastic remark is just to point out that the highest chunk of the population is in St. John's so building it elsewhere would be counter productive.

  • Tom
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Two of my kids have been involved with provincial teams (basketball and volleyball) for the past number of years. Each summer these teams have had to scrounge for gym time and quite often they would lose out on valuable training time. I applaud the opening of this facility, it finally gives our provincial athletes a training facility that is indeed first class.

  • Don
    July 01, 2010 - 19:54

    Nice idea but don't we have a world class facility/gym at mun? I guess a few rugby players will a place to go indoors during the winter!!!

  • wayne
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    OMG---underlying negative remarks about this PowerPlex (ex:location;uselessness of project;money involved etc). If this building was not available there would be griping about that too!. That is our problem here in Newfoundland, we can never be happy with what we have. We harp on it if we don't have services and we harp on it when we do! Be grateful that we have it; lots of people worked very hard to get this done. Typical Newfoundlanders--we always bite the hand that feeds us!