The City of Quebec is pleased to support the 2011 Canada Winter Canada that will take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from February 11th to 27th.
Guylaine Bernier, member of the Canada Games Council, presented the official flag to Mr. Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Quebec City, and Mr. Sylvain Légaré, Executive Director of Sports, Recreation and Community Life. The official Canada Games flag was raised in front of City Hall where it will remain until tomorrow, before traveling to the Maritimes.
“This is an excellent opportunity to commemorate the first-ever Canada Games that took place in Quebec City in the winter of 1967”, said Mr. Labeaume. “Already at that time, Quebec was an outstanding sports city!”
“By raising this flag in front of City Hall, we wish to recognize the talent of our city’s athletes that will represent us at the Games”, added M. Légaré. “They deserve our admiration for their outstanding performances.”
Since December 3rd, the flag has been traveling across the country, stopping in each past Canada Games host community. Its journey will come to an end on February 11th at the opening ceremonies in Halifax.
Athletes to watch
40 young athletes from the Quebec City region will head to Nova Scotia to compete at the Games in 13 different sports.
A high-level competition
This year, over 3,500 athletes, coaches and managers will compete in 21 sports at the Games. Since their inception in 1967, tens of thousands of young athletes have competed in this national competition.