The city is currently working on a bid to bring the Alberta Summer Games to Grande Prairie in 2018. This would be the first time for the city to host the games. Councillor Jackie Clayton says the sporting event would showcase the city and the region in a new way.
“It’s a great opportunity for the region to highlight that we actually are four season community. People tend to see us as a winter community and we have many facilities across the Grande Prairie region that are very conducive to successful summer sporting events so I’m very optimistic that we’ll be successful in this bid.”
The Alberta Summer games is held every two years in the province and is a competition for athletes between the ages of 11 and 17. Clayton says sporting events with younger athletes tend to bring a bigger crowd.
“Statistics show that the demographic of 11 to 17 year olds bring 2.4 people to travel with them so it’s great for the region and it’s great for the economy to bring additional people to support the athletes and view the sports, and for the spectators to truly support the youth and come out.”
Clayton says the summer games would require more than 2000 volunteers, making them larger than the Arctic Winter Games in that regard.
The city has voted in favour of submitting a letter of intent to bid for the games. That bid must be submitted by November. Clayton says she expects to hear who will be hosting the games early next year.