April 24, 2012
Kamloops, B.C. - Henry Pejril accepted the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance President's Award on behalf of the Western Canada Summer Games at the CSTA Annual Sport Events Congress in Richmond on Thursday, April 19th.
The President's Award recognizes the outstanding achievements or contributions by individuals, organizations, single or multi-sport events that have helped profile and build sport tourism in Canada, provide exceptional sporting opportunities, generate significant revenue, or demonstrate the value of volunteerism.
The Western Canada Summer Games saw over 2,300 participants, 30,000 spectators and 2,300 volunteers contributing a total of 52,800 volunteer hours. The Games had an estimated economic impact of $10 million in the city of Kamloops, generating $1.2 million in revenue and leaving behind a $200,000 cash legacy.
The vision and leadership behind the Games also warranted its receipt of this award, uniting the community with events such as the Community Torch Relay and nightly Cultural Festival. The Games united 19 different sporting organizations to create a quality competition and foster sport development. A spotlight on water safety included Swim to Survive lessons to Northwest Territory Drum Dancers who had never swam before.
The Games also left a legacy of the Tournament Capital Club, a database of registered and trained volunteers in Kamloops, as well as $70,000 and additional assets left to various community groups.
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Sean Smith, Tournament Capital Coordinator
City of Kamloops