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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — The vitality was excessive, and the vibes have been good on the closing ceremonies for the 2023 Canada Winter Video games on March 5.
One after the other, the provinces entered the ground of the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown. Flags have been waving and athletes have been carrying their medals and mugging for cameras. Many held up cell telephones, capturing the expertise on digital camera.
Athletes, coaches and workers who participated in Week 2 competitors cheered for one another and high-fives have been exchanged all through the world.
Fiddle music accompanied the parade with a foot-tapping melody. When it was time for P.E.I. to enter, St. Anne’s Reel started, and the world erupted in cheers for the internet hosting crew.
Audio system acknowledged the massive efforts of all who contributed to the success of the Canada Video games in P.E.I. and no group acquired extra applause than the volunteers.
Rose Dennis and Felicienne Otchoun volunteered all through the Video games and helped spherical up Workforce Manitoba earlier than the closing ceremonies.
Otchoun had volunteered for a number of days at Summerside venues and stated it was nice to see the youth interacting.
“You possibly can see there have been some actual friendships that have been shaped right here,” she stated. “The thrill is unquestionably tangible. They’re blissful to be right here.”
Charlize Medilo and Kendra Erhardt are two athletes who have been actually glad to be on the Video games. Medilo, a judoka – somebody who practices judo – will take house gold and silver medals, and para-skier Erhardt would like to compete once more.
Medilo stated her favorite occasion was the crew judo competitors.
“It actually introduced us collectively,” she stated.
Mission workers from Alberta stated P.E.I.’s hospitality was one of many highlights of their Video games expertise.
Because the crew visited native shops, eating places and venues, “folks stopped us and talked to us,” stated Richard Gagnon.
He added that the meals and volunteers have been nice as effectively.
New Brunswick mission staffer Meaghan Donahue Wies stated there have been many volunteers and, “wonderful venues.”
Kent Kuhn, additionally from New Brunswick, stated he arrived late to the Video games with the ski-cross crew on March 3 and located the Brookvale venue “wonderful.”
The following cease for the Canada Video games will likely be in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador in the summertime of 2025.
To mark the lead-up, the official Canada Video games flag was symbolically handed from P.E.I. Premier Dennis King to numerous P.E.I. athletes on the stadium ground, up onto the stage to P.E.I.’s host society the place it was formally handed over to the Newfoundland and Labrador contingent who handed it to their athletes.
Alison Jenkins is a well being reporter with the SaltWire Community in Prince Edward Island. She could be reached by electronic mail at [email protected] and adopted on Twitter @ReporterAlison.