Prince George, B.C. (): 2010 Legacies Now will assist 18 communities host 26 major sporting events through $399,200 in funding from the Hosting BC program. Funded by the Province of B.C. and the City of Vancouver, Hosting BC has invested over $1M in 29 communities and 96 events since 2004.
“2010 Legacies Now is committed to building B.C.’s reputation as a premier sport event destination and maximizing sport hosting opportunities leading up to and beyond the 2010 Winter Games,” said Carla Qualtrough, Director, Sport Tourism and Inclusion Initiatives, 2010 Legacies Now. “From the Paralympic World Cup finals in cross country skiing and biathlon in Courtenay to the Under 19 World Men's Lacrosse Championships in Coquitlam, 2010 Legacies Now is committed to helping communities stage world-class sport events in our province.”
The events receiving Hosting BC funding are based in the following communities:
Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Courtenay, Kelowna, Nanaimo, North Vancouver, Penticton, Prince George, Richmond, Rossland, Salmon Arm, Surrey, Vancouver, Vernon, Victoria, West Vancouver, Whistler
In Prince George, the 2007 RBC Royal Bank Cup National Junior A Hockey Championship and the 2006 Canadian Junior Short Track Championship will each receive a $10,000 Hosting BC Grant.
“I’m proud that our government is providing some financial support to help stage the 2007 RBC Cup,” said Prince George-Mount Robson MLA Shirley Bond. “As a fan of junior hockey I’m very excited that this premier event is coming to Prince George. I can’t wait to see our very own Spruce Kings taking on the best Junior A teams in the country.”
“The RBC Cup will give the citizens of Prince George and the North the opportunity to be a part of a national level championship,” said Prince George-North MLA Pat Bell.
“We have many aspiring world class speed skaters in our area and I’m pleased that through 2010 Legacies Now, we’re supporting the 2006 Canadian Junior Short Track Championship to be held here in Prince George,” said Prince George-Omineca MLA John Rustad. “I encourage anyone who would like to take in this exciting sport to come out and enjoy the Canadian Championship on December 1 – 3.”
Over 2000 spectators will come to watch over 140 athletes from across Canada compete at the 2006 Canadian Junior Short Track Championship at the CN Centre, while the 2007 RBC Royal Bank Cup National Junior A Hockey Championship will attract over 100 athletes from five provinces and up to 4500 spectators from May 5 .
“The 2007 RBC Royal Bank Cup National Junior A Hockey Championship will benefit greatly from the support of Hosting BC through 2010 Legacies Now,” said Dan Rogers, co-chair of the Prince George 2007 Host Society. “As we get set to welcome the nation, this grant will certainly assist us in reaching our goal of staging the best ever national championship.”
“The Hosting BC grant will assist us in providing an excellent competitive opportunity for our athletes, as well as help to attract and develop up-and-coming athletes in the sport of Short Track Speed Skating.” said Anne Pousette, chair of the host organizing committee for the 2006 Canadian Junior Short Track Championship.
Hosting BC is designed to provide funding to organizations throughout British Columbia to stage single sport international and national level events in B.C. Eligible events, at both the senior and junior levels, range from the World Championship and World Cup level to National Championships and North American level events. This year, for the first time, B.C. universities and colleges were also able to apply for Hosting BC funding.
The application deadline for the next round of Hosting BC funding is . For more information and to download an application form, visit www.2010LegaciesNow.com.
2010 Legacies Now is a not-for-profit society that works in partnership with community organizations, non-government organizations (NGOs), the private sector and all levels of government to develop sustainable legacies in sport & recreation, arts, literacy, and volunteerism. 2010 Legacies Now actively assists communities discover and create unique and inclusive social and economic opportunities leading up to, during and beyond the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. For more information, visit www.2010LegaciesNow.com.
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