July 14, 2016
Alberta Summer Games about to get underway in Leduc
Alberta Sport Connection – Leduc, AB – More than 3,000 participants, their families and spectators are expected to attend the 2016 Alberta Summer Games, July 14 – 17 in Leduc. The Games provide an opportunity for Albertans 11 – 17 years of age to compete in a province-wide summer sports competition.
“I am very proud of the breadth and scope of talent we produce in Alberta and I wish all the Alberta Summer Games athletes the best of luck over the next four days as they showcase their ability and spirit,” said Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism. “Thank you to the volunteers, organizers and the City and County of Leduc for all the work they have put into hosting the Games this year. I am confident this will be a fantastic event.”
The Summer Games include a wide variety of sports including: athletics, cycling, baseball, swimming, triathlon, rugby, basketball, soccer, canoe/kayak and beach volleyball. The Games begin with the torch relay at 10:30 a.m. July 14th at the Leduc Chamber of Commerce, and the Opening Ceremonies begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Leduc Recreation Centre, 4330 Black Gold Drive. For a full list of Summer Games sports and more information see: Alberta Games.
“Leduc is an active and growing city and these Games will showcase its outstanding community, facilities, organization and the thousands of dedicated volunteers involved in hosting these Games”, said John Short, Chair of ASC. “I know our young athletes from throughout Alberta are looking forward to competing in these Games and for some of them, they will be a stepping stone to bigger things as they go on to represent Alberta in national and international competitions.”
The Alberta Summer Games are co-ordinated by Alberta Sport Connection in partnership with the host community. Participants earn the right to participate in the Games by qualifying through zone playoffs held for each sport throughout the province.
The Alberta government provided $420,000 in support of the 2016 Alberta Summer Games through Alberta Sport Connection, which includes a cultural grant of $70,000. The Alberta Games generate about $3 million in economic impact for host communities. For more about the Games, visit www.albertagames.com.
Alberta Sport Connection is dedicated to making Alberta the premier sport delivery system in Canada and to enhancing, advocating and inspiring participation and partnerships as Albertans strive for excellence in sport.
More information on Alberta Sport Connection can be found at www.albertasport.ca, or follow us on Twitter @AlbertaSport_
Media inquiries may be directed to:
Alberta Sport Connection
(780) 721-0686 (mobile) (780) 415-0272
Don S. Wilson, Director, AB Games & Marketing
Alberta Sport Connection
(403) 473-2572 (mobile) (403) 297-2729