Leduc County grants funds for national ringette championships

Leduc County is providing sponsorship for the 2017 Freson Bros. Canadian Ringette Championships in the amount of $500.

Leduc County Centre.

Leduc County is providing sponsorship for the 2017 Freson Bros. Canadian Ringette Championships in the amount of $500.

The application requested a $5,000 sponsorship. However, Dean Ohnysty, director of parks and recreation, says administration recommended $500 based on the county’s budget.

Coun. Tanni Doblanko voiced her support for the idea of sponsorship based on the budget.

Mayor John Whaley proposed a friendly amendment of upping the sponsorship to $1,000. “It’s quite a large championship to be held in this area for girls. I feel it’s quite worthy.”

However, Doblanko stood by her original motion.

The championships runs from March 26 to April 1 and will be hosted at regional venues including the Leduc Recreation Centre, the Ken Nichol Regional Recreation Centre in Beaumont and the Dale Fisher Arena in Devon.

According to the sponsorship request form submitted to the county, the event will bring more than 1,000 athletes from across Canada to the region, plus coaches and officials, about 1,600 fans from across the nation, about 300 local viewers and about 400 volunteers from the area.