“Today your games here in Iroquois replicate what is happening in London and around the world,” said MP Guy Lauzon, “You too have gathered for very special games. But when I look out at the crowd I am reminded of the saying that it takes a community to raise a child. In South Dundas you have one wonderful community. I declare these games open.”
Lauzon addressed hundreds of players, parents, officials and fans gathered for the 2012 South Dundas Soccer Association World Cup Tournament held in Iroquois on July 27-28.
This is the Soccer Association’s 17th season. Over 510 children took part in this year’s program, coming from Prescott and Ingleside as well as South Dundas.
A highlight of the tournament was the Parade of Nations as each country, led by Canada, marched behind the Iroquois Legion Branch 370 colour guard and piper Stewart Nimmo around the track to loud applause by spectators.
Welcomed by next year’s president Steven Bygott, the large crowd joined Jennifer Howard to sing O Canada, and Rev. Geoff Howard for the blessing of the cauldron.
The Torch Run, carried out by selected SDSA players (in keeping with the Olympics in London) symbolized the passing of friendship and peace throughout the tournament games.
Steven Bygott presided over special presentations held during the opening ceremonies.
He honoured student volunteers Joshua Martineau, Alayanna Fetterly and Quinn Smail, thanking them for their dedication and hard work, calling them the “future of our program.”
The Soccer Association also presented a large group of adult volunteers with special gifts, and deep thanks for the many years they have put in on behalf of the association. Honoured at the ceremony as they retire were Helen Tupper, Christine and Dave Hartle, Barry Barkely, Cindy Peters, Karen Merkley and Evonne Delegarde. “These people leave big shoes for this organization to fill,” Bygott said.
A touching high point to the ceremony was the recognition given to Christine and Dave Hartle for the many hours they have devoted to the soccer program. From now on, the field canteen will be officially known as the Hartle Canteen.
Under perfect skies on Friday evening and all day Saturday, some excellent soccer was enjoyed by the entire community.