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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

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 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