New West celebrates 130 years of Salmonbellies at Bellies Day

A pie-throwing contest and a lacrosse game (of course) were all part of Salmonbellie Day in New Westminster.

Four levels of Salmonbellies – minor, junior, senior and alumni – celebrated 130 years of Salmonbellies in the Royal City on Sunday, June 16 at Queen’s Park.

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Salmonbellie Day fun also included a bouncy castle, games, a Bellie tattoo shop for kids, the Mann Cup beer garden, Mikeburgers, live music performed by The Real Canadian Rock Band and a chance to get autographs from famous Salmonbellies. Following an afternoon of activities on the Queen’s Park East field, the Junior A Salmonbellies took on the Victoria Shamrocks at Queen’s Park Arena.

At council’s June 10 meeting, Mayor Jonathan Cote proclaimed June 16 to be Salmonbellie Day. On hand for the proclamation were: Dan Richardson, president and general manager of the Senior Salmonbellies; lacrosse legend Wayne Goss, a member of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame; Warren Goss, general manager of the Junior A Salmonbellies; and Steve Porter, head coach with the New Westminster Minor Lacrosse Association.

When proclaiming June 16 as Salmonbellie Day, Mayor Jonathan Cote said the Salmonbellies have a long and deep history in the city and are part of the fabric of New Westminster. The proclamation stated that: the name Salmonbellies is unique to the game of lacrosse and New Westminster; the Salmonbellies have represented the City of New Westminster proudly at national events at the minor, junior and senior level and have proven to be great ambassadors for the Royal City on and off the field of play, demonstrating sportsmanship, and playing at the highest level at each level; and Salmonbellies give back to the community on an ongoing basis and provide training and teach young boys and girls how to play the game of lacrosse, one of Canada’s two national sports.

 

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