The day a lot of people in the Quad Counties have been waiting for is here.
The Opening Ceremony takes place at the Keating Centre at 8 p.m.
Competition involving more than 900 athletes in nine sports gets underway Wednesday, and wraps up Saturday.
Carl Chisholm, the co-chair of the Games, tells The Hawk it’s exciting to reach this point after a lot of preparation.
“Things seem to be lining up for us, the stars are aligned, no clouds in the sky, the sun is shining brightly,” he says. “Overall, a tremendous amount of volunteers have put a tremendous amount of time and effort into this, and it’s all coming to fruition.”
Chisholm says the economic spinoff will be felt beyond the Town of Antigonish and Antigonish Co.; it will impact an area stretching from Port Hawkesbury to Truro.
He says the economic impact for that total area could be as high as $10 million.
Chisholm says it’s an exciting time.
“The sidewalks are crawling with people already, and the events haven’t even started,” he says. “If that’s any indication of what’s to come, I have to say that we’re in for a great week for everybody.”
Chisholm says the total budget for the Games is $2.2 million.
He says funding came from all three levels of government, as well as corporate sponsors.
There are 14 athletes from the Quad Counties representing Team Nova Scotia; they are:
Kristina Richard (Antigonish)
Sasha Repko (Port Hawkesbury)
Hannah Deon (Pomquet)
Roslyn Samson (Antigonish)
Nicole Roberts (Antigonish)
Lisa Leuschner (Antigonish)
Christian Gerro – Antigonish
R.J. Pitts (Heatherton)
Carey Clannon (Arichat)
Matthew Anderson (Antigonish)
Jessica Gillis (Heatherton)
Elizabeth Abler (Antigonish)
Ryan Kearney (Antigonish/Team NS flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony)
Eileen Garvie (Antigonish)