Leduc receives two nominations for national sport awards

Both the City of Leduc’s mayor and the 2015 World Sledge Hockey Challenge have been nominated for national sports tourism PRESTIGE awards.

City of Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke

Both the City of Leduc’s mayor and the 2015 World Sledge Hockey Challenge have been nominated for national sports tourism PRESTIGE awards.

Mayor Greg Krischke has been nominated for the Sports Tourism Champion of the Year award and the World Sledge Hockey Challenge is up for the Canadian Sport Event of the Year in group B, an event with a budget of less than $1 million.

“It feels pretty fantastic,” said Krischke, referring to what he calls a humbling nomination. “Sports tourism is really important for our city and I”m a champion of this city.”

“We need to do things that will promote our community and will bring revenue into our community,” he added.

Krischke says Leduc has been part of events that have been proven to bring $1 million directly into the city and another $800,000 to the province.

One such event was the 2015 World Sledge Hockey Challenge. “It was by far and away the best world sledge hockey event that had been held,” said Krischke.

He says teams were more than impressed by the attendance, fanfare and treatment.

Committee co-chair Janet Guthrie feels having the event nominated for the award is exciting, especially with the extra and unusual challenges faced this time around.

Awarded the opportunity to host the event only four months in advance, the committee was up against a daunting timeline. “Typically a group would have a year to two or more to plan.”

This was also right around the time the price of oil crashed, making it hard for the event to find sponsors. “We had to adapt on the fly,” said Guthrie.

Two weeks before the event Guthrie’s co-chair Gary Tremblay suddenly passed away. She says it was a blow to the committee and the entire event to lose someone so dedicated.

One of the most uplifting aspects of the event was the education and awareness brought to the sport of sledge hockey, not only for the international players but also for the local athletes as well.

Guthrie says one Team Canada player was able to visit five schools, making the sledge hockey players the stars of their school for that time period.

With more awareness, a light was shone upon the talented athletes depicting them as just that, rather than disabled athletes playing an adapted sport, says Guthrie.

From it’s nominees the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is looking for groups able to explain their event’s community impact, economic impact, sports tourism impact and challenges.

The 2015 World Sledge Hockey Challenge is the first international event the city has hosted alone.

“We’ve generated good economic impact,” said Guthrie.

The event generated just over $71,000. Each of the three organizations that made of the committee—Leduc Minor Hockey Association, Edmonton Adapted Sports and Paralympic Canada—each took 30 per cent and the remaining money was donated to the 2016 Alberta Summer Games Committee, the National Women’s Sledge Hockey Association and the Tremblay Trust Fund, for Tremblay’s children. “He was so good at making sure everyone else’s children got to play,” said Guthrie.

The gold medal game from the event was televised by TSN and had a 45,000 viewership. “We had excellent coverage by the media,” said Guthrie.

Volunteerism was also big for the event and another shining positive. “The volunteerism, we all know it’s a really big part of Leduc culture We had more volunteers than we had positions for,” said Guthrie.

The 10th Annual PRESTIGE Awards will be presented March 7 at the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance Sport Event Congress in Ottawa.

 

Just Posted

Robbery report at outlet mall turns out to be fake: police

Leduc RCMP respond to weapons complaint at premium outlet collection mall

Road allowance agreement approved by county council Aug. 7

Road allowance lease also affects access for other resident

Suspect in Wetaskiwin trunk kidnapping arrested

Ponoka RCMP seek arrest warrants for suspects of armed robbery as well

Man attempts to stop fight in Wetaskiwin, gets stabbed: RCMP

Wetaskiwin RCMP looking for two suspects involved in assault with a weapon

Bonus RCMP officer for Breton region courtesy County of Wetaskiwin

Councilors examine details of enhanced RCMP officer for far-west side of county

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Ottawa working to iron out kinks in public alert system

The alerts are being credit with saving lives during last week’s tornadoes

Assault charge withdrawn vs. ex-Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna

Former Toronto player agrees to peace bond

UPDATED: Bill Cosby gets 3-10 years in prison for sexual assault

Judge also declared the disgraced comedian a ‘sexually violent predator’

U.S. worker charged after video shows him spitting on customer’s pizza

Jaylon Kerley of Detroit is charged with a felony count of food law violations

Canada aiming for the moon, and beyond, with new space technology efforts

With an eye on future lunar exploration, Canada’s space agency is calling on companies to present their ideas for everything from moon-rover power systems to innovative mineral prospecting techniques.

New Brunswick Premier meets with lieutenant-governor as Tories, Liberals vie for power

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant said the only other leader he had spoken with since results came in was Green Leader David Coon.

Trudeau looks to restart Canada’s UN charm offensive in New York City

Freeland says the question of job retraining in the 21st century — and the uncertainty that surrounds it — is the federal government’s central preoccupation.

Most Read