Sports events to share in grant funding

Five sporting championships will be held in the Kelowna area thanks to $22,000 for local sports groups from the Hosting B.C. program.

  • Feb. 8, 2011 8:00 a.m.

Five sporting championships will be held in the Kelowna area thanks to $22,000 for local sports groups from the Hosting B.C. program.

“It’s great to see such a wide variety of events being funded,” said Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. “This will promote both sports and our tourism industry at the same time.”

“Hosting tournaments is another excellent way to show the hospitality of people in the Kelowna area.

“These are also outstanding events for the whole family to enjoy.”

Hosting B.C. funds are going to the following organizations:

• The Kelowna Ringette Association is receiving $5,000 to host the Annual Sweetheart Ringette Tournament in Kelowna, West Kelowna and Lake Country from Feb. 10 to 13.

• The B.C. Snowboard Association is receiving $5,000 to host the B.C. Snowboard Provincial Series Championships at Big White from Feb. 12 to 13.

• UBC Okanagan is receiving $5,000 to host the BCCAA Men’s & Women’s Volleyball Championship from Feb. 23 to 26.

• The Okanagan Gymnastics Centre Society will receive $3,000 to host the Okanagan Invitational and 3rd Trials to Nationals from March 18 to 20.

• The Kelowna Speed Skating Club is receiving $4,000 to host the Canada West Short Track Championships from March 26 to 27.

Hosting B.C. also provided $10,000 in funding for the B.C. Snowboard Association to put on the SBX NorAm at Big White in January.  

Hosting B.C. is an initiative of the province to build the province’s reputation as a premier event hosting destination, providing grants to organizations throughout B.C. Since 2004, Hosting B.C. has invested more than $2.6 million in 34 communities to host 188 events.

As part of the 2010 Sport Legacy Fund, the Hosting B.C. program funds international and national level events and has been expanded to also include an allocation for smaller provincial, regional and invitational events so that more B.C. communities will be eligible to apply.

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