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ECG 2019 Press Release May 16 Honourary Chairs

News Release – For Immediate Release – May 16th, 2019

The East Coast Games – Nancy Morrison & Jack Brownell Selected as Honorary Chairs

Saint John, NB – The 2019 East Coast Games start on June 21rd, and the organizing committee is pleased to announce the selection of Nancy Morrison and Jack Brownell as the honorary chairs for the 2019 games. Both Nancy and Jack have been very active in the New Brunswick sporting community, throughout the course of their careers.

Nancy Morrison spent the last 20 years of her teaching career as the Athletic Director at KVHS. During her teaching career she was an active volunteer, and has stayed active in her retirement by serving on many committees and being involved with several organizations. She was the NBIAA Southern Conference Hockey Coordinator, a NB Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee Member, Saint John Sports Hall of Fame Committee Member, Under 17 World Hockey Challenge Host Committee Member and the Softball Organizer for the Canada 55+ Games. Nancy’s love of sport was not only as a participant but also as an official, and she has excelled in this role. Starting as a basketball official in 1982, over the next 37 years, Nancy officiated numerous High School Championships, National Women’s Junior Championships, 17 University and College Regional Championships and 4 CIS Championships. With her outstanding ability and judgement with officiating in basketball, she then decided to add softball to her resume of sports to officiate starting in 1987. In 1998 she became Internationally Certified as an official and has represented our community, province and country at National and International competitions. Some of the highlights of her Softball career; 9 International Assignments (1999 Pan Am Games, 2002 World Championships, 2003 Olympic Qualifier and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games -Gold Medal Game). Besides officiating basketball and softball, Nancy is also a Provincially qualified Volleyball and Ball Hockey Official.

Needless to stay, with this outstanding lists of accomplishments, Nancy received many awards including; Sport New Brunswick Official of the Year and Softball New Brunswick Umpire of the Year. Nancy’s commitment to excellence was recognized not only in New Brunswick as a member of the Saint John Sports Hall of Fame, New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, and the Softball New Brunswick Hall of Fame, she has also been recognized nationally as a member of the Softball Canada Hall of Fame.

Jack Brownell began his coaching career at Saint John High, where he was the Head of the Physical Education Department, and coached varsity soccer and volleyball for 13 plus years. During that time he coached 4 Volleyball Provincial Championship teams, 3 with the Boys squads and one with the Girls program. For the next 22 years, Jack was Recreation Director for the City of Saint John where his leadership and administrative skills came to the forefront. These skills were instrumental as the Co-Chair for the 1985 Canada Games Bid Committee. He also was a member of the N.B. Mission Staff for the 1983 Canada Winter Games. Jack was also the Chair for the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee. One of Jack’s other passions is golf, where he has been a life long member of the Riverside Golf and Country Club and Past President of the New Brunswick Golf Association. Volleyball also took advantage of Jack’s skill set too, where he was a Volleyball Canada rated Official, Past President of Volleyball New Brunswick and New Brunswick’s Director for Volleyball Canada. Because of his outstanding contributions, in the sport of volleyball, in this province, he was honoured by being inducted into the Volleyball New Brunswick Hall of Fame.

Jack’s sense of service continued after retirement, becoming the President of the Canadian 55+Games and being awarded an Honorary Life Membership in the 55+ Games Association.

“Part of the East Coast Games mission is to celebrate sport in Greater Saint John. The committee is very proud to have these two talented individuals as our honorary chairs for 2019,” said co-chair Keith Raynes.

For more information, please email keithrayneseastcoast@gmail.com or visit our website www.eastcoastgames.ca

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2019 East Coast Games Announced

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release:

East Coast Games are Back!

2500 Athletes, 20 Sports, over $500K in Economic Impact!

Emera New Brunswick Returns as Presenting Sponsor

with $20,000 contribution

Saint John, NB March 21, 2019 – The East Coast Games, Atlantic Canada’s largest annual multi-sport games, are happening in Greater Saint John for a 5th consecutive year from June 21- 23, 2019.  The last few year’s games saw record participation at over 2100 competitors and the 2019 Games are set to grow again. The Organizing Committee is expecting the three-day event to include 20 different sporting events attracting nearly 2500 athletes.

The Organizing Committee has also announced the continued support of Presenting Sponsor, Emera New Brunswick. “Emera New Brunswick’s support has been invaluable to us in the development of these Games,” says Event Co-Chair, Bill MacMackin.  “We truly appreciate this support of sport in our region and Emera New Brunswick’s continued help.”

“We are thrilled with how the Games have grown since we started, especially in 2017 when we exceeded 2100 athletes. Over the five years, we’ve tripled in size. We’re on track to grow again in 2019 with the expansion of existing tournaments as well as the addition of new sports including fencing, and a mountain bike road race,” says Event Co-Chair, Keith Raynes. “It is exciting to see tournaments expand into the regional communities and the increase in participating sports. In the end it means that we are expanding the usage of the city fields and parks and having an increasing positive impact on the economy.”

Over the past three summers, almost 7000 athletes have descended on the fields and athletic centres around Saint John as a result of the East Coast Games and in 2019, the impact is growing.

“Sports tourism is big business for the city”, says Victoria Clarke, Executive Director of Discover Saint John. “With an estimated economic impact of over $500,000, hotels, restaurants, retailers and attractions will reap the benefits of the Games. It’s through the commitment and hard work of local volunteers that we continue to grow sports tourism in the city and drive economic growth in the tourism sector.”

The Organizing Committee is planning for the summer and posting new information to their website as tournament details become available with schedules to be released in the coming months. Be sure to mark your calendars for June 21-23, 2019 to see some exciting sporting events and talented athletes.

For more information, please visit our website www.eastcoastgames.ca.

Media contacts:

East Coast Games Co-Chair, Keith Raynes – 506.333.3218  

East Coast Games Co-Chair, Dave McPherson – 506-643-8197

East Coast Games Co-Chair, Bill MacMackin – 506-647-4931

Debbie Cooper & John Doyle Selected as Honorary Chairs

The 2018 East Coast Games start on June 22nd and the organizing committee is pleased to announce that Debbie Cooper and John Doyle have been selected as Honorary Chairs for the 2018 Games. Both Debbie and John have been very active in the New Brunswick athletics community throughout the course of their careers.

With a diverse history that includes participating in 9 Canadian National Fast Pitch Championships along with a second-place performance at the NB Scott’s Tournament of Hearts, Debbie Cooper has committed more than five decades to being an athlete, coach and leader in the Saint John sports community. Apart from being a curler, softball, hockey, volleyball and basketball player, she’s also taken on many administrative and leadership positions with countless local sport associations. Debbie was an Organizer and Past-President of the Saint John Women’s Volleyball League as well as having been a Co-Founder of the Saint John Women’s Hockey League.

John Doyle’s dedication to athletics has been felt as player, coach and manager. His interest in the sport of basketball started at the YMCA and the Rotary Boys and Girls Club and culminated in his being a member of the Assumption Canadian Juvenile Championship Boys’ Basketball Team. He later was a great supporter and fan of his son Greg’s high school and university basketball teams. John and his late friend, Rip Seeley, were named “Honorary Saints” for their support of St. Malachy’s basketball program. John was also awarded the Honorary #1 Fan Award from UNBSJ’s Men’s & Women’s Basketball Teams in 2005. More recently John has become a familiar face at the Saint John Sea Dogs and Rip Tide games.

Both of this year’s Honorary Chairs are well rounded having not only been athletes but having been active in the broader community. Among other awards, Debbie has been honored with a Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award as well as being inducted into the Softball NB Sports Hall of Fame. John on the other hand has been the recipient of the Mel Osborne Award for Outstanding Contribution & the 2012-2013 Human & Spiritual Value Award from the Kiwanis Club of Saint John, along with the Canada 125 Award, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal along with a host of other recognitions.

“Part of the East Coast Games mission is to celebrate the spirit of sport in Greater Saint John. The committee is very proud to have these two talented individuals as our honorary chairs for 2018,” said co-chair Keith Raynes.

For more information on our Honorary Chairs as well as the 2018 East Coast Games, please email saintjohneastcoastgames@gmail.com or visit our website www.eastcoastgames.ca

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Media contact:
Keith Raynes: 506.333.3218

2018 East Coast Games Announced

PRESS RELEASE

 For Immediate Release:

 East Coast Games are Back and Bigger Than Ever

2500 Athletes, 20 Sports, over $500K in Economic Impact

 Saint John, NB February 15, 2018 – The East Coast Games, Atlantic Canada’s largest annual multi-sport games, are happening in Saint John for a 4th consecutive year from June 22- 24, 2018.  Last year’s games saw record participation at over 2100 competitors and the 2018 Games are set to grow again. The Organizing Committee is expecting the three-day event to include 20 different sporting events attracting nearly 2500 athletes.

“We are thrilled with how the Games have grown since we started, especially in 2017 when we exceeded 2100 athletes. In just four years, we’ve tripled in size. We’re on track to grow again in 2018 with the expansion of existing tournaments as well as the addition of new sports including cricket, weight lifting, and a running road race,” says Event Co-Chair, Keith Raynes. “It is exciting to see tournaments expand into the regional communities and the increase in participating sports. In the end it means that we are expanding the usage of the city fields and parks and having an increasing positive impact on the economy.”

The Organizing Committee has also announced the continued support of Presenting Sponsor, Emera New Brunswick. “Emera New Brunswick’s support has been invaluable to us in the development of these Games,” says Event Co-Chair, Bill MacMackin.  “We truly appreciate this support of sport in our region and Emera New Brunswick’s continued help.”

Over the past three summers, almost 5000 athletes have descended on the fields and athletic centres around Saint John as a result of the East Coast Games and in 2018, the impact is growing.

“Sports tourism is big business for the city”, says Victoria Clarke, Executive Director of Discover Saint John. “With an estimated economic impact of over $500,000, hotels, restaurants, retailers and attractions will reap the benefits of the Games. It’s through the commitment and hard work of local volunteers like Keith and Bill that we continue to grow sports tourism in the city and drive economic growth in the tourism sector.”

The Organizing Committee is planning for the summer and posting new information to their website as tournament details become available with schedules to be released in the coming months. Be sure to mark your calendars for June 22-24, 2018 to see some exciting sporting events and talented athletes.

For more information, please visit our website www.eastcoastgames.ca.

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Media contact:

East Coast Games Co-Chair, Keith Raynes 

East Coast Games to Include Canada Games Team Selection Trials for Track & Field

Saint John, NB – This year is an exciting year at the track as the East Coast Games collides with the Canada Games Selection Trials. New Brunswick’s best athletes, under the age of 23, will be in the city vying for spots to represent their province in the 2017 Canada Games, taking place in Winnipeg in July and August of this year.

 

The track & field team being one of the last teams selected for Canada Games. As it is an individual event, the track & field team is selected to give athlete’s an opportunity to demonstrate competitive readiness as close to the event as possible and ensure the best athletes are named.

 

The trials will include NB’s top young track athletes including.

  • Victoria Lebanc –Provincial record holder in multiple hurdle races
  • Laura Dickinson –Double gold national medalist in 2016 / Top ranked Junior in 5000m
  • Jennifer Bell – Shot Put – Holds multiple shot put provincial records
  • Adrian Kinney – AUS Champion in 2017 in the 60m

 

The three-day meet sets track to be one of the growth sports of the East Coast games this year, not only because of the trials but also the inclusion of a Friday evening fun meet for athletes as young as 7, open competitions as well as masters’ events. “Our event will provide opportunities for athletes of all levels,” says Bill MacMackin, event organizer and 2017 Canada Games Coach. “The Trials, only enhance our event by bringing NB’s best Games-eligible athletes to our city over this weekend. We are thrilled to have it included in the East Coast Games this year.”

 

The track & field events have been scheduled to fit around Rugby 7’s which are also being held at Canada Games Stadium over the weekend. In addition, the Ultimate Frisbee tournament will host an exhibition match on Friday eventing while track events are taking place. This will result in a busy venue at UNBSJ with lots of excitement for spectators and athletes alike.

East Coast Games 2017 Announces Honourary Chairs

2017 Honourary Chairs- Mary Ann Patterson & Mac Smith 

 The 2017 East Coast Games start on June 23rd and the organizing committee is pleased to announce that Mrs. Mary Ann Patterson and Mr. Malcolm (Mac) Smith have been selected as honorary chairs for the 2017 games. Both Mary Ann and Malcolm have been very active in the New Brunswick volleyball community, throughout the course of their careers.

Mac grew up in Sackville, NB and has played many sports throughout his life including baseball, volleyball and hockey. Mac played with the Fairweather Royals in Saint John. They won the Maritime Intermediate AA Fastball Championship in 1979. He coached the Saint John High Hockey Team before he was hired at that school, where he went on to teach biology, history, physical education and co-op education. He retired in 2001, after 28 years. He coached both the girls’ and boys’ varsity volleyball teams. One of his favourite coaching memories is from 1983, when both of his teams won the Provincial Championships. Mac has stayed involved in the sports community, since his retirement, as an off-ice official for both the Saint John Flames and the Saint John Sea Dogs. He says sports were never just about winning (although that was nice!) but rather about the sense of community sports created for him and his teams. He looks forward to being involved with the 2017 East Coast Games.

Mary Ann grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She describes herself as always being athletic but she was never enrolled in organized sports as a child. “Girls couldn’t go over half when I was playing,” she recalls about playing basketball. Mary Ann certainly helped change that throughout her career, coaching many young women, taking several teams to national competitions. Mary Ann worked at many different elementary schools in the city, helping to develop a better physical education program and retired in 2006. Volleyball was, and remains, Mary Ann’s favourite sport and passion project. Mary Ann and her husband, Dave, took teams to Women’s Nationals on several occasions. They were inducted into the Saint John Sports Hall of Fame in 2010 for their contributions to the sport. Mary Ann’s favourite sports memory is of coaching the Women’s Volleyball team at the 1983 Canada Games in Saguenay-Lac St Jean, QC. She was manager for the team that year and coached with Dave by her side. She is looking forward to being an Honorary Chair for the 2017 East Coast Games.

1800 Athletes expected in Saint John for 3rd Edition of East Coast Games

                                                        Feature Sponsor Emera

The East Coast Games are back for their 3rd year in 2017 with 12 sports involved!

(June 23-25, 2017)

Saint John, NB – The East Coast Games, Atlantic Canada’s largest annual multi-sport games, are back in Saint John for a 3rd consecutive year. The 2017 Games will see nearly 1,800 athletes participating in more than 12 sports including rugby, basketball, softball, ultimate Frisbee, track & field and more.

“We’re excited with how the Games have grown and how in just 3 years, we’ve doubled in size. We’re on track to sustain, if not continue to grow participation in 2017 through the expansion of existing tournaments as well as the addition of new sports like baseball, karate, Cross-Fit and a triathlon,” says Event Co-Chair, Keith Raynes. “We are also thrilled to continue our partnership with our Presenting Sponsor, Emera New Brunswick. Their support has been invaluable to us in the development of these Games,” adds Raynes.

“We’re pleased to be returning as Presenting Sponsor of the 2017 East Coast Games,” says Emera New Brunswick General Manager, Frank Campbell. “By supporting events like the East Coast Games and investing in infrastructure like the Emera New Brunswick Field at Shamrock Park, we proudly contribute to active and healthy living in the communities that are home to the Brunswick Pipeline. These Games are not only exciting for the participating athletes from around our region, but also for spectators who gain access to top sporting events.”

This year in particular, is an exciting for the East Coast Games as certain tournaments align with Canada Games Selection Trials. Track & Field’s three-day meet is one sport set to grow as a result of the trials. “Our event provides opportunities for athletes of all levels,” says Jason Reindl, Meet Director and Canada Games Head Coach. “The Trials, however, enhance our meet by bringing NB’s best Games-eligible athletes to our city over this weekend. It’s an opportunity we only see every few years.”

Over the past two summers, approximately 2,500 athletes have descended on the fields and athletic centres around Saint John as a result of the East Coast Games and in 2017, the impact is growing. Sports tourism is big business for the city, says Victoria Clarke, Executive Director of Discover Saint John. “With an estimated economic impact of over $500,000, hotels, restaurants, retailers and attractions will reap the benefits of the Games. It’s through the commitment and hard work of local volunteers that we continue to grow sports tourism in the city and drive economic growth in the tourism sector.”

The committee has launched a new website to better promote the games further updates available there on a regular basis. The Games schedules will be released in the coming months but be sure to mark your calendars for June 23-25, 2017 to see some exciting sporting events and talented athletes.