May 18, 2016
Grande Prairie celebrates getting the 2018 Alberta Summer Games
Alberta Sport Connection – Grande Prairie, AB – Alberta Sport Connection (ASC), the City of Grande Prairie, and the County of Grande Prairie, held a special event to celebrate being awarded the 2018 Alberta Summer Games.
“My very best wishes to the City and County of Grande Prairie and everyone involved as they get ready to host these Games,” said Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism. “I have no doubt that Grande Prairie will live up to its reputation as an amazing host, and I wish the planning committee, volunteers and organizers much success as they begin planning the 2018 Alberta Summer Games.”
The Games provide an opportunity for Albertans 11 – 17 years of age to compete in a province-wide summer sports competition. More than 3,000 participants, their families and spectators are expected to attend the event and participate in wide variety of sports including: athletics, cycling, baseball, swimming, triathlon, rugby, basketball, soccer, canoe/kayak and beach volleyball. For a full list of Summer Games sports and more information see: Alberta Games.
“The City and the County of Grande Prairie are great sports communities and we are looking forward to working with them in staging these Games”, said John Short, Chair of ASC. “The best young athletes from across our province will be at the Summer Games and it will be a great opportunity to showcase the community, the facilities and the outstanding hospitality of the Grande Prairie area.”
The Alberta government will provide $420,000 in support of the 2018 Alberta Summer Games through Alberta Sport Connection, which includes a cultural grant of $70,000.
“We are excited to be working with the Province, Alberta Sport Connection and the County to host the Games,” said Bill Given, Mayor, City of Grande Prairie. “Our community is looking forward to hosting these young athletes, their coaches and families, as Alberta gathers in Grande Prairie for the Games.”
The Alberta Summer Games are coordinated by the Alberta Sport Connection in partnership with the host community. Participants earn the right to participate in the games by qualifying through zone playoffs throughout the province which are held for each sport.
“We’re absolutely thrilled that the 2018 Alberta Summer Games will be coming to our area,” said Leanne Beaupre, Reeve, County of Grande Prairie. “Being able to collaborate with all of the partners to host the Games again is very rewarding. It gives budding young athletes an opportunity to grow and brings spirit and positivity out in our residents and visitors by allowing them to be a part of the experience.”
On February 29th of this year, Premier Notley announced that Grande Prairie had been successful in its bid to host the July 2018 Games.
The economic impact of the Alberta Games generates about $3 million for host communities.
For more information about the Alberta Summer Games, visit www.albertagames.com or follow them on Instagram albertagames
Alberta Sport Connection is an agency of the Government of Alberta, dedicated to the development of sport in Alberta.
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Media inquiries may be directed to:
Alberta Sport Connection
(780) 415-0272 (780) 721-0686 (mobile)
Director, Media Relations, 2018 Alberta Summer Games
(780) 539-5024 (780) 876-7786 (mobile)
Don S. Wilson
Director, AB Games and Marketing, ASC
(403) 297-2729 (403) 473-2572 (mobile)