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|