For Immediate Release
Monday, February 4, 2019
2018 World Junior Men’s Softball Championships
Finalist for Canadian Sport Tourism Award
Prince Albert, Sk. – The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) announced finallists for their annual PRESTIGE Awards today in Ottawa, and the 2018 WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championships hosted in Prince Albert in July is a finalist in Canadian Sport Event of the Year (Group B:budget less than $1 million).
The PRESTIGE (Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games & Events) Awards are now in their 13th year and have honoured exceptional events, people and organizations annually since 2007.
“It is unbelievable to be nominated, let alone a finalist!”, said Worlds event co-chair Felix Casavant, who along with co-chair Derek Smith will be honoured this Saturday, February 9th, as the 2018 Prince Albert Daily Herald/Prince Albert Kinsmen Club Citizens of the Year. “When we began organizing this event four years ago we never thought for a minute that this event would be recognized nationally. Its so humbling and shows you the great volunteer base we have in our community. We certainly didn’t do it for the recognition, but it is a great honour to be a finalist for a PRESTIGE Award.”
“The 2018 World Junior Softball Championships were an incredible event for our community, and another impressive accomplishment by our city’s volunteers”, commented Jody Boulet, City of Prince Albert’s Director of Community Services. “This event put our city on the world map as a great host and also had a positive economic impact”.
The WBSC Junior Men’s Softball Championship tournament featured 13 countries, representing each continent, vying for the World Title at Max Power Ball Parks. Over 10,000 spectators took in the 9 day event, generating a profit for the volunteer organizing committee in excess of $150,000 which will be further invested in the diamonds. Project Triple Play worked for four years to construct the new Rotary Field and expand Kinsmen Field to host the event.
“The PRESTIGE nominations once again embody the breadth and depth of the sport tourism industry in Canada,” said Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. “We were encouraged with the response to our awards program, receiving more than 40 entries this year. It’s another demonstration of the calibre of the events held in Canada, both domestic and international, as well as a recognition of the volunteers and organizations who are the backbone of sport hosting and sport tourism. Their dedication is what has kept Canada at the forefront of international sport bidding and hosting for the last several years. We thank everyone for submitting a nomination and are pleased to honour our PRESTIGE finalists.”
The other finalists for the Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award (Group B) are the 2018 Canada 55+ Games (Saint John, N.B.) and Curl 4 Canada (Leduc, Alberta). The winner will be announced March 20th as part of the CSTA Congress at a luncheon in Ottawa.
For more information please contact:
Jody Boulet, Director of Community Services Felix Casavant, Co-Chair
Phone: (306) 953-4800 Phone: (306) 981-3774