Charlottetown set to fly Canada Games flag

Charlottetown Councilor Eddy Rice (left) joined by athletes who will represent PEI at the 2011 Canada Games in Halifax

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

20 sports.

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.

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