2014 Alberta Winter Games to be Held in Bow Valley February 6 - 9
BANFF, AB, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - The Town of Banff and Banff National
Park are celebrating the awarding of Alberta's 2014 Winter Games to the
Bow Valley and inviting all Albertans to come to the iconic mountain
park and UNESCO World Heritage Site to join in the excitement of the
"We were delighted to be part of this bid and we're honoured to be
selected to co-host the Alberta Winter Games," said Town of Banff
mayor, Karen Sorensen. "The Town of Banff is committed to creating and
delivering an outstanding games experience for Alberta's young
athletes, coaches and parents. It's an incredible opportunity for
students to be part of an extraordinary event. We look forward to
welcoming Albertans and supporting the province's young athletes."
The Alberta Winter Games, a program of the Alberta Sport, Recreation,
Parks and Wildlife Foundation, offers young, developing athletes an
opportunity to challenge themselves and each other in a high-calibre
competition designed to foster sportsmanship, improve skills and
enhance personal growth. A multi-day sport and cultural festival, the
games celebrate the Canadian winter and honour young Albertans'
achievements through sport whilst also providing a training ground for
future national, international and Olympic competition.
The successful bid is being seen as a testimonial to Banff National
Park's infrastructure reinvestment which focuses, in part, on enriching
sport and youth programs. The Town of Banff has also prepared itself
well for hosting the games with the development of new,
state-of-the-art facilities such as The Fenland's Recreation Centre
which boasts two skating arenas, four curling rinks and a scenic
concourse with full service concessions.
This leadership approach by the town and the national park has been
reaffirmed in the recently released destination competitiveness report,
unveiled by The Town of Banff, Banff National Park and Banff Lake
Louise Tourism in August.
"It's an honour for the community of Banff and the Bow Valley to be
chosen as hosts for this prestigious event", said Julie Canning,
President & CEO of Banff Lake Louise Tourism. "This will be a fabulous
opportunity for young athletes to showcase their amazing abilities in a
destination that embraces, encourages and celebrates winter activities
and athletics. We extend a warm welcome to all Alberta families to come
out to Canada's first national park to celebrate with us and
participate in these games."
The Alberta Winter Games are held every two years. The 2012 games will
take place in the Spruce Grove, Stony Plain & Parkland County
communities of south-central Alberta from February 9 - 12, 2012.
For more information about the Alberta Winter Games go to www.albertagames.com
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