2015 Canada Winter Games in PG Best Event in Canada
Mayor Lyn Hall, Kathleen Soltis, Anthony Everett of the 2015 Canada Winter Games, and Leanne Schinkel of Tourism Prince George -image courtesy City of P.G.)
Prince George, B.C.- The 2015 Canada Winter Games held in Prince George, have been named the Sport Tourism Event of the Year.
The runners up were the 103rd Grey Cup Festival, and the 2015 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.
Oh but there’s more.
The 2015 Canada Winter Games also took top prize for being the Sustainable Event of the year. Runners up in that category were the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games, and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The awards were handed out today at the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Prestige Awards ceremony in Ottawa.
Mayor Lyn Hall says the awards validate what the City is able to do when it comes to hosting major events “I think it highlights us as a community of highly dedicated volunteers and highlights the facilities that we have, so I rally think it bodes well for us when it comes to applying for games in the future, whatever they might be, it really bodes well for us.”
The Mayor says being named the “sporting event of the year ” is a “huge, huge honour, and this was for events that were in excess of a million dollars. It is a huge honour for us in that particular category because there were other major sporting events in much larger centres. You take a look at some of them, they were in much larger cities, and you take a look at what we did in Prince George and the size of our community and again, it boils down to those 4500 volunteers , the bid package that was put before the Canada games Council, our venues, and we absolutely showed them we had the capacity to deal with all of that and produce a very successful Games.”
The Mayor says the victory belongs to the whole community “It’s a gold medal day for the community and everyone who had a part to play in the Games.”
A message of congratulations has been sent by Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer ““Not only are these awards recognition of the hard work and dedication of those who made the Games the great success that it was, it is also representative of the importance of continuing to promote and encourage sports tourism in Northern BC. “Congratulations to Games Host Society Chair Anthony Everett, Mayor Lyn Hall, and the many volunteers of the Games on today’s two big wins.
The 2015 Canada Winter Games were the only event to win awards in two categories.
(Editor’s note: this article has been updated to included comments from Mayor Lyn Hall and MP Bob Zimmer.)