by Morinville News Staff
Airdrie will host the 2020 Alberta Winter Games. The city was successful in its bid to host the games, which provide Albertans aged 11 to 17 years an opportunity to compete in a province-wide winter sports competition.
“The Alberta Games are an important step in the lives of our young athletes,” said David Eggen, Minister of Culture and Tourism in a Jan. 25 release. “Promoting sport is a priority for our government, and I’m confident Airdrie will do a great job hosting these Games.”
More than 2,700 participants, their families, and spectators are expected to attend the events, participating in a wide variety of sports, including skiing, hockey, biathlon, curling, and speed skating, as well as synchronized swimming, fencing, artistic gymnastics, volleyball and boxing.
The province will provide $370,000 in support for the 2020 Alberta Winter Games through Alberta Sport Connection (ASC), including a $70,000 cultural grant.
The province estimates that the Alberta Games generate an economic impact of about $3 million for host communities.
“These Games will be a great opportunity for Airdrie to showcase its community”, said John Short, Chair of ASC in the Jan 25 release. “We look forward to working with them and welcoming athletes from across our province to the 2020 Alberta Winter Games.”
For more information about the Alberta Winter Games, visit www.albertagames.com.