Help cheer on Nova Scotia's best young athletes on Saturday, July 8, as they get ready to represent the province at Canada's largest multi-sport event later this month.
The public pep rally will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grand Parade, 1790 Argyle St., Halifax, for the 425 athletes, coaches and managers who will be attending the 2017 Canada Summer Games, July 28 to Aug. 13, in Winnipeg.
"I've seen a video of the last pep rally and it seemed like it was a lot of fun," said Ryan Munro, a member of Team Nova Scotia's men's basketball team.
"The team will be there and everyone will get to see what athletes are going to Winnipeg, and our team gear. I'm very excited for the games, just the atmosphere and how many people are actually going to be there."
Team Nova Scotia includes athletes from across the province. They will unveil their 2017 uniforms and name two flag-bearers at the rally.
"This is the largest team we've sent to the games in more than 15 years," said Nova Scotia chef de mission Stephen Gallant. "These young athletes have been working very hard so that they can do their best while representing their province and communities at the Canada Games."
The Canada Games are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter. This year is the 50th anniversary of the first Canada Games, held in Quebec City in 1967. Nova Scotia hosted the first Summer Games in Halifax and Dartmouth in 1969. Nova Scotia has earned 482 medals at the Canada Games.
The games are key in developing the country's young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.
The 2017 Canada Games will see more than 4,000 athletes and coaches complete in 16 sports.
Nova Scotians can find information and photos about Team Scotia and its athletes at www.teamnovascotia.ca.
They can also follow Team Nova Scotia on social media:
--Instagram, @teamnovascotia and
--Flickr, Team Nova Scotia 2017
--SnapChat, teamnovascotia (special filters available for pep rally and Summer Games)
Sponsors and partners of Team Nova Scotia include the Government of Nova Scotia, Sport Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corp., Atlantic Lottery Corp. and Karbon Sports.
For more information on the 2017 Canada Summer Games, visit canadagames.ca/2017/.