Elliott and Melanie during
the live webcast
We are no longer anticipating the arrival of the games. They
have arrived and the dream is real. The excitement has grown
and inflated over the past four years and is now ready to explode.
The games began with an unforgettable opening ceremonies.
Corner Brook's new Civic Centre was filled to capacity by Newfoundlanders,
relatives of the athletes and honoured guests.Their enthusiasm
and spirit made you proud to be not only a Newfoundlander but
The simultaneous flashing of cameras added to the incredible
lights and music show that was preformed as the athletes paraded
into the stadium, lead by an energetic Games' mascot, Tattuit.
They must have filled up with emotion from the atmosphere created
by all in attendance.
Greeted by a friendly handshake from our province's premier,
Brian Tobin and Prime Minister Jean Chrètien, the athletes
made their way to their seats and enjoyed the show. The Newfoundland
music that played throughout the opening ceremonies created a
mood unlike any other. It was Corner Brook, Newfoundland's moment
in the spotlight. As the athletes finished dancing and the organisers
bid them good luck, they realised that we were all going to step
aside and allow them to take centre stage. It was their time
to shine - and shine they did.
The blood, sweat and tears that was put into the games is the
one reason why it was the most successful ever. For any city,
large or small, the task of organising and keeping good care
of over 3300 athletes and coaches and nearly 9000 volunteers
would almost be impossible, but the host committee accepted all
the criticism, shrugged their shoulders and in a confident voice
continued chanting "Yes We Can!". Their attitude and
kindness overwhelmed all who attended the games and I believe
most people returned home with an all new perspective on the
city of Corner Brook and the province of Newfoundland.
The Catch performing at
the Opening Ceremonies
For the first time in the history of the games, Newfoundland
was represented in every sport, giving the hometown crowd something
to cheer for. They had a very good showing compared to the rest
of Canada. However, the rest of Canada was not to be outplayed.
Corner Brook hosted some of the best sportsmanship and athletic
talent that Canada has to offer. Whether it was hockey, boxing,
gymnastics, figure skating or badminton, the sitting area was
filled with energetic fans. They left the arenas far from disappointed
as they witness the unquestionable talent that our great country
has to offer.
Melanie, Elliott and
the TSN Reporters
For me, the games were something that I feel will never be
forgotten. Whether you volunteered, watched the events or participated
as an athlete, the memories will be with you always.
"YES YOU DID!" Corner Brook, Newfoundland, "YES