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Lloydminster a stop in Canada Games Torch Relay

The MNP Canada Games torch will be relayed in Lloydminster on January 9 on its way to Red Deer, Alta. Runners will start at City Hall at 4 before making their way to a lighting ceremony at the Servus Sports Centre.

Councillor Diachuk will represent the city in the torch relay and a charity barbecue in support of KidSport will take place at the Servus Sports Centre.

Mayor Aalbers says calls it a “great opportunity to highlight the sports in our city” even though we aren’t hosting the games.

“I think that every athlete aspires to a greater level of competition, and the Canada Games are nothing to sneeze at,” says Aalbers, adding that it helps the community become engaged in sports.

“So I think it’s a great opportunity to build momentum. It’s great to build momentum in minor sports or high school athletics.”

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The MNP Canada Games torch relay starts at the Centennial Flame in Ottawa and passes through 48 communities. A variety of sports are involved in the games, but Aalbers expects the event will help build on winter sports.

“We are a winter country, we do well at the Winter Olympics. It’s been shown that Canada outperforms a lot of other countries at the Winter Olympics, so building on the Canada Games in the winter I think is terrific,” says Aalbers.

The 2019 Canada Winter Games will be hosted in Red Deer from February 15 to March 3.

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