Watch this video compilation of the official Canada Games Flag crossing the country to visit every past Canada Games host community in the lead up to the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax.
When Corner Brook, Newfoundland received the official Canada Games flag on February 1st, they celebrated the event with a flag raising ceremony in not only Corner Brook, but in Steady Brook and Stephenville, which contributed to hosting the 1999 Games. After the flag was raised, they held an athlete appreciation reception to celebrate the Western Newfoundland athletes who are headed to Halifax for the 2011 Canada Games. The reception featured music from Newfoundland music group Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case. The whole event was captured on video and you can see highlights of the events here:
The City of Charlottetown is proud to fly the Canada Games flag as a tribute to the huge impact the 2009 Summer Games had on our City and to show our solidarity with Halifax, which will host the 2011 Winter Games next week.
From Feb. 11-27 the 44th anniversary of the Canada Winter Games in Halifax will host more than 2,700 athletes competing in more than
Team PEI will be sending 19 teams to participate in 16 sports. There will also be a group of artists representing PEI in the National Artists Program.
Charlottetown was the last Canadian city to host the games, which brought a lasting legacy through exposure, new and improved infrastructure, citizen engagement, volunteerism and pride.
The official Canada Games flag has been traveling across the country since early December. It will arrive in Charlottetown Mon. Feb. 7, 2011 – its last stop before it flies over the games in Halifax.
Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee is proud to fly the flag and wishes Halifax well.
“Hosting the Summer Games in 2009 was a tremendous opportunity for our city, our citizens enjoy the infrastructure it brought to this day,” he said.
“The games gave us a chance to show off our top-notch venues and showed the rest of the country our citizens’ spirit and pride. In Charlottetown, countless volunteers made it a huge success. I hope Halifax experiences all of these great benefits too.”
Mayor Lee will raise the Canada Games flag and host a reception at Charlottetown City Hall at noon on Mon. Feb. 7 to wish Team PEI the best of luck in Halifax.
The official Canada Games flag was raised in front of Saguenay City Hall during a special ceremony. Saguenay Deputy Mayor Luc Blackburn, along with former and current Canada Games athletes, coaches and official were on hand for the raising of the flag.
The City of Saguenay held a flag raising ceremony this morning to celebrate the 2011 Halifax Canada Winter Games taking place from February 11th to 27th.
In the lead-up to the 2011 Canada Games, the Canada Games flag is visiting every past host community. The past community engagement program is an alumni program that tries to create excitement for the 2011 Games in each community that has hosted in the past. Much like a torch relay, the Canada Games flag is travelling across the country with each community having the flag for a few days before it needs to go to the next community.
Deputy Mayor Luc Blackburn received the flag on behalf of the City of Saguenay and raised it in front of City Hall. He was surrounded by city officials as well as athletes, coaches and one official from the 1983 Games that took place in the region. Local athletes competing at the 2011 Games were also in attendance.
The 1983 Canada Games took place at the end of February in the former cities of Chicoutimi, Jonquière and La Baie, as well as in Alma and Lac-St-Jean. Significant legacies from those Games include the construction of the UQAC Pavillon sportif, at a cost of 4 million dollars at the time, renovation of the Palais des Sports in Jonquière and upgrade of the Centre de ski Mont-Bélu in La Baie. Over 4,000 volunteers helped make the nation-wide sporting event a success.
In attendance at the Canada Games flag raising ceremony:
|Gymnastics||Alain Boily||1983 athlete|
|Curling||Martin Gagnon||1983 athlete|
|Judo||Roger Tremblay||1983 coach|
|February 22-26, 2011||2011 athletes|
|Volleyball||Michel Gagnon||1983 coach|
|Volleyball||Nathalie Pelletier||1983 athlete|
|Alain Larouche||1983 official|
The official Canada Games Flag was raised at Thunder Bay City Hall on January 11, 2011 during a special ceremony featuring the Mayor of Thunder Bay Keith Hobbs as well as 2011 Canada Games athlete Amanda Makela and Rob and Christina Zuback, parents of 2011 Canada Games athlete Brittany Zuback.