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Lethbridge hosts southern athletes

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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Isaac Medina of Picture Butte runs past players while playing for the U-8 Lethbridge County soccer team, July 7, during the Southern Alberta Summer Games in Lethbridge. Isaac Medina of Picture Butte runs past players while playing for the U-8 Lethbridge County soccer team, July 7, during the Southern Alberta Summer Games in Lethbridge. Photo by Stephanie Labbe

Southern Alberta athletes competed in a successful Southern Alberta Summer Games (SASG), July 6-9.


This year the games were in Lethbridge and Eric Sharp, SASG co-ordinator says the event was a  success for the community. Lethbridge enjoys holding the event whenever it gets the opportunity.
This year, 2,500 people competed in the SASG one one way or another (2,200 athletes and 300 coaches).
There weren’t any major problems or incidents that arose this year which contributes to the event’s success.
“Excellent — everything has run without incident,” explains Sharp.
This was Sharp’s first year being part of the Games. He loved every minute of it. He’s proud to have been a part of playing host.
“It’s my first time experiencing the Games and it has been a very rewarding experience — seeing all of the athletes participate and enjoying themselves,” says Sharp.
Lethbridge would appear to be on a 10-year rotation for hosting the Games. Sharp predicts Lethbridge may host the Games again in another decade.
The SASG has been a popular event for many years and Sharp says it’s a great initiative for all ages.
It gives everyone a chance to participate in an event at any age.
“(It’s an) excellent inclusive event that allows people of all-ages and abilities to participate in good-natured competition.”
All 13 regions in southern Alberta were represented at the games this year. From Prairie Post’s coverage area they included the M.D. of Willow Creek, Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, Vulcan County, Cardston County, Lethbridge County and the M.D. of Pincher Creek.
Some of the events people took part in included golf, soccer, archery, badminton, ball hockey, baseball, beach volleyball and swimming.
The games aren’t just for students with events for people of any age.
“The Southern Alberta Summer Games is an excellent opportunity for all ages and abilities to get involved with sports and it’s always great to have visitors from other regions,” adds Sharp.
Hosting the event also gave Lethbridge the chance to showcase its facilities and the city itself.
There were a lot of fans at many of the events, cheering on their children, spouses, friends and siblings.
Many people signed up as volunteers for the event as well to help make the four days run smoothly from keeping score, being a referee, being a first aid attendant to setting up and taking down events.

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