DIEPPE (GNB) – Premier Brian Gallant expressed his best wishes to some members of Team New Brunswick who will be participating at the 2017 Canada Summer Games.

“New Brunswickers will be cheering on Team New Brunswick as they compete in Winnipeg,” said Gallant. “Having had the honour of representing our province at the Canada Games as a player and as a coach, I have no doubt that the participants will very much enjoy this experience.”

The Games will be held July 28 to August 13. Athletes competing in the first week of competition will leave Moncton on Thursday, July 27.

The Games are the largest multi-sport competition for young athletes in Canada and contribute to the growth of sport and recreation across the country.

Featuring 16 sports, more than 250 events and a major cultural festival, the Games will welcome more than 4,000 athletes and coaches, as well as more than 20,000 visitors. Team New Brunswick will be comprised of about 400 participants, including athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff.

This year’s Games have special significance, as they will be held during Canada’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Games themselves.

A complete roster for Team New Brunswick is available online.

Gallant played tennis for Team New Brunswick at the 1997 Canada Games in Brandon, Man., and coached tennis at the 2005 Games in Regina, Sask.