MacDougalls talk with youngsters about Canada Games experience

Published on August 12, 2017

Kane Johnson, centre, got to meet brother Logan, left and Ben MacDougall during a Canada Games Activity Challenge event Saturday in Winnipeg. All three are from Summerside.

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WINNIPEG, MAN. – Summerside brothers Logan and Ben MacDougall shared a bit of their Canada Games experience with 13 youngsters from across the country on Saturday.

The MacDougalls have been in Winnipeg since July 27, the day before the Games opening ceremonies. They competed in Week 1 with P.E.I.’s baseball team and stayed for Week 2 as part of the province’s indoor volleyball squad.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Logan said, “and I’d definitely recommend everyone here to try and work hard in sport and try to make it here one day.”

He carried Prince Edward Island’s flag into the opening ceremony and the brothers both played a game in each sport televised on TSN.

The 13 youth, representing each province and territory, won free trips to attend a medal round game and Sunday’s closing ceremony through the inaugural Canada Games Activity Challenge.

Kane Johnson, a seven-year-old Summerside resident, was the winner from Prince Edward Island. Logan told Johnson he liked his Summerside Chevys hat prior to today’s ceremony.

“We are thrilled to have you all here,” said Tom Quinn, Canada Games Council chairman. “We wanted you to come and see the Canada Games, so that hopefully in a few years we’ll see you here as a competitor.”

More than 3,500 schoolteachers and principals registered for phase one of the challenge, with an estimated reach of 182,000 children across Canada.

The challenge is a free and interactive program designed to help children ages five to 12 build daily and active habits. It is aimed at inspiring the majority of Canadian youth that are not currently meeting the recommended daily amount of physical activity.

The MacDougalls said it has been fun participating in the sporting events at the Games, but also getting a chance to meet new people. They said it was the culmination of years of hard work and dedication.

Logan also noted the volunteers have gone above and beyond to make their experience a memorable one.