2014 Alberta Summer Games Selection Committee visiting Airdrie, April 18
Airdrie residents are asked to dress in white, blue and orange on April 18 in support of the visit from the 2014 Alberta Summer Games Selection Committee, when the group will determine if Airdrie is suited for hosting the games.
Dan Oneil, chairman of the bid committee, said they are grateful for the opportunity and they have been planning this visit since Jan. 1.
A tour bus that is designed to hold 48 people will take the selection committee for a tour of Airdrie so they can see what the city has to offer. They will be visiting many places including Chinook Winds Park and Genesis Place.
“We would like people to show up to those locations to show their support,” said Oneil. “We’ll be trying to demonstrate that we will have support of the community behind us.”
The 2014 Alberta Summer Games will involve about 17 sports, including about 3,000 athletes ages 11 to 17. The event will include basketball, BMX, football, golf, baseball, soccer, swimming, tennis and more. Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation will contribute $420,000 to the event and it will cost about $2 million to host. It is a four-day event, no date has been set, but it will be late July.
Oneil said a number of organizations have volunteered to clean up the community before the visit by picking up garbage that has collected over the winter.
“We are certainly glad that they (the selection committee) accepted our bid package and decided that Airdrie would be a place that they decided to come and look at,” said Oneil.
He said this will give the community the confidence to take on challenges and opportunities in the future as well.
“Both Airdrie and the whole province will be proud,” said Oneil.
He said Airdrie hosted the 2009 55 Plus Summer Games and had a wonderful time doing it and he feels the 2014 Alberta Summer Games is the next step. In 2011, Airdrie’s bid for the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games was rejected.
“We think Airdrie has the facilities, volunteers and capability to put on the games,” said Oneil.
He said it would definitely benefit Airdrie as past games have had an economic spinoff of $3 million to $5 million.
“The economic spinoffs are fantastic,” said Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown. “We are now a sports tourism destination spot.”
Brown said the Games would benefit Airdrie because there would be a large amount of people in the city over the four-day period.
“It’s a great way to showcase Airdrie and to have people come from all over Alberta,” said Brown. “We can show our great hospitality and what we have to offer.”
For more information, visit www.2014airdriegames.ca