Stephenville beat out by Bay Roberts

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While there was obvious disappointment in the voice of Coun. Darlene Oake Tuesday evening as word came that Stephenville didn't win the Kraft Celebration Tour 2010 faceoff, she accepted defeat gracefully.

"We gave it a try and tried our best, but ended up outvoted," she said shortly after the announcement was made on TSN that Bay Roberts - the town Stephenville went up against - was a winner in the first round of the contest.

Stephenville had been selected as one of 20 finalists for the tour, a national initiative launched by Kraft which will see TSN's flagship sports news program - Sportscentre - broadcast live from 10 lucky communities across the country during a period of 10 days this summer.

In addition to the broadcast, the winners receive $25,000 for improvements to a sports facility in their communities. The Stephenville Leisure and Recreation Council had hoped for the money to carry out improvements to the Regional Aquatic Centre in Stephenville.

Voting took place for a 24-hour period from noon Monday to noon Tuesday. TSN didn't give the vote count on their evening sportscast Tuesday.

"I guess the next time we'll just have to vote more. A lot of people helped and did a good job and there can only be one winner and this time it wasn't us," Oake, who led the charge for the contest, said.

She said the opportunity was there as a possibility and the Parks and Recreation Committee thought they'd take advantage to see if the town could win. She said Stephenville had some very dedicated voters in and outside the town.

Oake said Bay Roberts had some practice at this as they already participated in the Hockeyville challenge, which required voting.

"I certainly thank everyone who assisted and those who voted. The next time around maybe we will do better," she said.

Organizations: Stephenville Leisure and Recreation Council, Regional Aquatic Centre, Parks and Recreation Committee

Geographic location: Stephenville, Bay Roberts

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Recent comments

  • Murphy
    July 14, 2010 - 16:53

    what else is new...I sure would like to know exactly what that comment is directed at????

    is Linda Stratton actually saying that S'ville loses whatever? It reads that way to me.

    IF SO, get a life!

    The Town of Stephenville works very hard to maintain excellent recreational facilities. In my view their foresight and vision for recreation WINS all the way!

    The article strickly announces disappointment they had lost the contest. Someone had to win and they were gracious with the win for Bay Roberts.

  • Jack E Tar
    July 14, 2010 - 16:53

    Where IS Dil-do anyways? What a name!lol Does anyone really live there?

  • Donny
    July 14, 2010 - 16:52

    Am I the only one who believes this councillor should be more concerned with bigger issues in her community such as her airport? The airport got its final handout from the government in March and yet Miss Oake is spending all day and night on the phone voting for a foolish contest and is looking forward to the next one. Good grief!

  • lindy
    July 14, 2010 - 16:52

    so what else is new?

  • mE
    July 14, 2010 - 16:52

    how many times did you vote?

    that is clearly and obviously the only reason bay roberts won...the population of the entire east coast voted for bay roberts...while us west coasters were widely out-numbered

    i put in 3 votes for stephenville....i could have sat there all day and voted but had to work

  • An apolgy is due
    July 14, 2010 - 16:52

    I agree that it does read like quite an insult to Stephenville. I have been to the Stephenville pool and it is the best pool on the island. Clean, clear water, lots of programs and friendly staff. I did vote but I guess it wasn't quite enough! next time maybe!

  • To the negative
    July 14, 2010 - 16:52

    wow, Donny Dooley, the town of stephenville does not, only, revolve around the airport and it so time to talk about something positive. There's always some idiot ready to kick you when you do nothing and you still ready to kick you when you try something good. Good try Councillor Oake. I have been to the pool in stephenville and it is a great pool. I know I spent three sessions of thirty minutes was a good contest but I am not sure how fair this multiple voting is.

  • mE
    July 14, 2010 - 16:52

    Donny once again your comments are absolutely ridiculous!

    where in the article does it say this woman was up all day and night voting?

    and a foolish contest this is not....a 25,000 community upgrade would be an excellent prize for the town to win, and to have your community broadcasted on TSN is also a big deal

    while the airport is a big issue, the fact that the town was involved in this contest does not mean that any great amounts of time and energy was wasted on it

    are you jealous that TSN didnt include Dil-do on their ballot? good luck with that one...