As he has every year since 2004, MP Guy Lauzon, holding the torch, declared “the 2013 World Cup Soccer in South Dundas open.”
Before nearly 500 players and their families, the Torch was carried around the track by representatives from each of the soccer divisions. It was handed to MP Lauzon by the final two bearers, Kennedi Fetterly and Katherine Lough.
Elizabeth Bygott led everyone in O, Canada.
The South Dundas Soccer Association held its final games and celebrations on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 at the Iroquois Soccer Fields.
Beneath their bright national flags, the players and coaches and helpers took part in the annual parade, following the Iroquois Legion, Branch 370, colour guard around the track to crowd applause.
“What an honour it is to be here,” Lauzon told the crowd. “Give yourselves a pat on the back for the spirit and enthusiasm that everyone is showing here today.”
Joining Lauzon in con-gratulating the players and the Soccer Association were guests Eric Duncan, deputy warden of SD&G, Evonne Delegarde, SD councillor and the reverend Geoff Howard, who prayed, “May the weather hold, may the sport be good and may we enjoy each other’s company.”
Also with president of the SDSA, Steve Bygott, was Doug Casselman, present on behalf of the William L. Graham Memorial Fund. He accepted the sincere thanks of the group for $1,000 donated to soccer by the Fund.
Bygott thanked everyone at the games for their ongoing support as he and his very new executive ran their first World Cup weekend. “This has been a bit of a learning curve experience for us. Previous executives had it down to a fine art. We’ll get there,” he laughed.