Community unites over Alberta Summer Games
By: Peter Brown
| Posted: Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 10:43 am
We’ve got guests!
The 2014 Alberta Summer Games begin this week and I am immensely proud of the way Airdrie residents and business owners have embraced the Games as a way to showcase our community to thousands of people, some of whom may never have heard of Airdrie before now.
Along with tremendous enthusiasm and spirit, these athletes bring with them a significant economic benefit to our city. Hotels, restaurants, gas stations, retail businesses and more will see the benefits from the more than 3,000 athletes expected to converge on our city, and the thousands more supporters and family members joining them.
Another benefit of hosting the Games has been the opportunity for the City to upgrade and polish our athletic facilities to their absolute best. For instance, the Ed Eggerer Athletic Park has never looked better, and the beach volleyball courts at Chinook Winds are a fantastic addition to our city’s recreational offerings.
As a city, we couldn’t open our doors to these young athletes without the community at large taking up the cause and contributing thousands of volunteer hours and many sponsorship dollars towards the Games. Volunteers have been working tirelessly over the past two years to make sure our athletes, spectators and volunteers have a tremendous experience here in our great city. When I say tirelessly, I mean it. The Alberta Summer Games committee members have taken a great deal of time away from their businesses and families to ensure the event is an incredible one.
Though I’m sure they would rather not be singled out for praise, Chair Al Jones and Co-Chair Michelle Carre have done an exceptional job leading a team of dedicated volunteers over this sustained effort. I cannot thank them and their team enough.
I am especially in awe of the athletes participating in the Games this year. We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to witness our province’s great young athletes – I suspect there are more than a few future Olympians in the group.
We’re still seeking volunteers to assist in a variety of roles, so if you’re interested, please visit 2014airdriegames.ca for more information.
Of course, spectators are welcome to come and be part of the excitement. The next few days are going to be spectacular – thank you Airdrie!