Rant N Roar Newsletter - March 3rd, 2019 - Thank You Red Deer!

posted Mar 5, 2019, 11:27 AM by TeamNL Admin   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 7:58 AM ]

How do I sum up the past few weeks of the 2019 Canada Winter Games? Team NL hands down have the best athletes, coaches, managers, team supports and mission staff of the entire games. You represented Newfoundland and Labrador proudly, wore our team colors with pride and exhibited true sportsmanship.  It was an honour to watch you compete. Your years of hard work was displayed on the national stage and through lots of ups and some downs you held your heads high.  To witness Melanie receiving a gold medal in Figure Skating and Emma a Bronze in Judo were very proud moments. From personal bests to outstanding displays of perseverance you captured the meaning of the games.  Congratulations to each of you and thank you for your commitment and dedication to your sports. 

Red Deer was a welcoming host and wanted to ensure each team member had an enjoyable experience. Red Deer put off a great Games with impressive facilities for our athletes to compete and outstanding volunteers who were always there to greet us with a smile and go out of their way to help.


The games focus is about the competition, but the experience goes way beyond the field of play.  To witness the support that provinces and territories provided to each other confirms the importance of our involvement in the largest multi-sporting event in Canada for our youth.  Ensure you never forget what you had the privilege to be part of.

Congratulations to our mission staff team who received the Claude Hardy Award.  This award recognizes the talents and dedication of a provincial or territorial Mission Team. We are extremely proud of this recognition and is a true testament to each individual who was part of this team.

On behalf of myself, Gary and Frank it was a privilege to lead Team NL!

Let’s Rant N Roar all the way to the 2021 Canada Summer Games in the Niagara Region. 

Go Team NL Go!


Rant N Roar Newsletter - March 1st, 2019

posted Mar 1, 2019, 9:10 PM by TeamNL Admin   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 7:58 AM ]

What an exciting Friday at the games!  The female hockey team took on Team PEI in a nail biter that went down to a heartbreaking loss in a shoot out.  On the other side of the Downtown arena, our male curling team kept the momentum moving forward securing themselves in a medal match.  The determination witnessed this week by our athletes, solidified the fact that they very much wanted to compete at these games.  I have seen the acknowledgment of the magnitude of competing at the Canada Games and what that really means.  Within the contingent of the 3600 athletes that have the opportunity to attend the games,  there is a realization that future Olympians are within this group.  Let's continue to finish on a strong note.  Team NL has people cheering for them from coast to coast.

There will be lots to celebrate tomorrow evening at the closing ceremonies!


Rant N Roar Newsletter - February 28th, 2019

posted Mar 1, 2019, 8:37 AM by TeamNL Admin   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 7:58 AM ]

The count down is on to the close of the games and our teams were still in full competition mode.  Sports saw some key moments in their competition that determined final finishes and progression in their pools.  We are continuing to cheer on our teams as they head into the last days of the games.  Our Trampoline athletes competed for the first time in the synchro event and had outstanding results with a 5th placed finish on the standing.  Team NL also took some time to recognize all the coaches, managers, sports support personnel and mission staff.  The commitment and dedication that all of these individuals have put into each of their sports is amazing.  Without them, our athletes would not have the opportunity to compete at the Canada Games.  On behalf of Team NL, thank you for making this experience a reality for over 200 athletes from Newfoundland and Labrador and for your continued support to develop sport in our province.  We look forward to the last few days of the games and witnessing positive results from our teams. 

Go Team NL Go!


Rant N Roar Newsletter - Feb 27th, 2019

posted Feb 27, 2019, 8:20 PM by TeamNL Admin   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 7:59 AM ]

Bronze it is!

Team NL is gaining momentum as we draw close to the end of the 2019 Canada Games.  Another exciting day as we saw Emma Mullett capture a bronze medal in Judo in an NL vs NL match up.   Opponents are determined for you and regardless of the provincial/territorial colors, you leave nothing on the line.  Both Emma and Natalie were ready to compete despite being teammates. We cap our day off with 2 athletes being awarded gold and bronze medals.  

I also got the opportunity to watch our Alpine Ski athletes compete on an unforgiving giant slalom

course, in a spectacular setting.  What an opportunity they have been given to ski in the beautiful Kananaskis area of Alberta.  

What a day for Team NL!

Let’s keep it going - a few more days left!


Rant N Roar Newsletter - February 26th, 2019

posted Feb 27, 2019, 10:06 AM by TeamNL Admin   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 7:59 AM ]

What a day for Team NL!  As our teams have many highs and lows through their journey of the games, there are moments that ensure the integrity of the games is real.  Last night in a section full of provincial colours we cheered on Melanie Taylor as she skated in the Special Olympics figure skating competition.  She shined on the ice with a flawless routine.   As we waited anxiously for the results, the athletes, coaches, managers, and mission staff were abuzz with what we had witnessed, only to be topped with the announcement she came first - the place went up.  Congratulations Melanie for capturing gold and Team NL’s first medal.  In addition to Melanie’s accomplishment, our team came out to support and in a big way! The arena staff had to politely ask us to leave as the celebration did not want to end.   Team NL you were loud and proud!

Way to go Melanie and Team NL!


Rant N Roar Newsletter - Feb 25th, 2019

posted Feb 26, 2019, 10:58 AM by TeamNL Admin   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 7:59 AM ]

Day 11 of the Canada Games saw Team NL in full force.  For the first time in our game’s history, Team NL had 4 athletes compete in Trampoline and finished their day of competition with great success.  To speak with Marta, trampolines team manager, the enthusiasm for their first experience at the games and ability to compete at this level, speaks volume to the impact of the Canada Games.  The frigid temperatures in Red Deer have not had any effect on our athletes who have braved a chilly -30 and still our cross-country team hit the trails.  Outside the competition, the week 2 athletes have been active in their pin trading right from the moment they arrived at the village.  Best of luck to all our teams competing!

Go Team NL Go!  


Rant N Roar Newsletter - Feb 24th, 2019

posted Feb 24, 2019, 8:08 PM by TeamNL Admin   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 8:13 AM ]

Red Deer, are you ready for our week 2 crowd?

Our host spent countless hours cleaning accommodations, preparing venues for second-week sports and coordinating the departure of 1800 athletes from week 1 and the arrival of 1800 more.  On turn around day there a lot of moving pieces: by 9:00 pm Team NL was settled in their bunks for a well-deserved good nights sleep.  I hope they had a good rest as all our teams were up and on deck practicing and competing today.  Curling, hockey and squash went into game mode right away – see below for a summary of great results.  

The host society has put in a great deal of effort to ensure our contingent has a memorable experience both on and off the field of play. Time to “leave it all on the field”!

Go Team NL Go


Rant N Roar Newsletter - February 22, 2019

posted Feb 22, 2019, 2:32 PM by TeamNL Admin   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 7:57 AM ]

Our final newsletter for week 1 athletes at the Red Deer, Winter Canada Games. 
It's been an incredible week of competition and we are very proud of all the hard work, dedication and spirit we have seen from our athletes, coaches and supporters. 
Many of us are returning to Newfoundland and Labrador tomorrow while our week 2 athletes make their way to Red Deer. 
Good luck to all coming in week 2! 



Rant N Roar Newsletter - February 21, 2019

posted Feb 21, 2019, 9:31 AM by TeamNL Admin   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 8:15 AM ]

Our week 1 athletes are nearing the end of their time in Red Deer. Some sports clued up yesterday while others are moving onto the final rounds of competition. Here is our newsletter to get the latest updates. 


Rant N Roar Newsletter - February 20, 2019

posted Feb 20, 2019, 8:33 AM by TeamNL Admin   [ updated Mar 7, 2019, 8:14 AM ]

A great day yesterday with some strong competition. 
Here is our daily newsletter for all your updates. Don't forget to check out the photo archive to see more from our athletes. 


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