SportsFest kicks off in Gander today

Published on June 16, 2017

Olympian Jamie Korab will be on hand for SportsFest in Gander this weekend. The event is the largest sport and fitness event in the province.

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GANDER, NL – The largest sport and fitness event in the province gets underway in Gander today.

It will mark the seventh annual SportsFest event and the first time it has been held in the central region.

SportsFest aims to provide youth and adults with the opportunity to find out about and experience the different types of sports within their communities.

With 17 different sporting events being highlighted, Sport Newfoundland and Labrador executive director Troy Croft hopes there will be something that appeals to all ages.

“The whole idea is get to children and adults active, increase the physical-activity levels throughout the province and promote healthier lifestyles,” said Croft.

Friday is a school day. Three 90-minute sessions will be held, with schools from throughout the central region taking part. More than 700 students are registered to attend. Saturday will be open to the public.

The weekend event will also feature Olympians Luke Demetre, a bobsledder, and curler Jamie Korab. Olympian hopeful, snowboarder Calynn Irwin, will also be in attendance.