Saturday, August 23, 2014

Lethbridge makes pitch to Canada Winter Games 2019 Evaluation Committee

^ MD of Pincher Creek Reeve Brian Hammond, Town of Pincher Creek Mayor Don Anderberg and Crowsnest Pass Mayor Blair Painter at Pincher Creek display for 2019 Canada Winter Games bid
Photo by City of Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman

Toni Lucas

Town of Pincher Creek Mayor Don Anderberg, MD of Pincher Creek Reeve Brian Hammond, and Crowsnest Pass Mayor Blair Painter were among the dignitaries representing our region in Lethbridge this week as part of the attempt to win the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

"The enthusiasm level was really high," said Mayor Anderberg, who was joined by councillors Tammy Rubbelke, Lorne Jackson, Doug Thornton, and members of Town staff. "The Lethbridge Bid 2019 committee gave a first class presentation to the Canada Winter Games 2019 Evaluation Committee.  I think Lethbridge was first class, all the way."

On Thursday August 21 participants spent the whole day touring venues and attending events in Lethbridge with the committees. The Evaluation Committee was composed of people from all over Canada.

The day began with fireworks display and ice show at the Enmax Centre.  The Evaluation Committee was presented with a list of over 3,000 people who have already signed up as volunteers for the games.  Anderberg said that over 200 of those names come from Pincher Creek and area, an impressive highlight of the day for him.  Approximately 500 - 600 people were present at the Enmax rally. "They had a welcoming committee, a dancing demonstration, and speakers and showed a wonderful venue," said Mayor Anderberg.  "I think everything went off well." Other sites on the itinerary included Lethbridge College, Exhibition Park, Galt Gardens and the University of Lethbridge.  Community rallies were held all over the city, concurrent with the annual Whoop Up Days festivities.

Mayor Anderberg said there was a lot of interest in the Castle Mountain display, which demonstrated snowboarders, on snow, in August.  "The committee watched them for a long time."  If Lethbridge's bid is successful Castle Mountain will be the site of many Winter Games events.

"I think the presentation the Lethbridge Bid Committee, Crowsnest Pass, and Pincher Creek put together as a region was very strong.  Personally, I believe we have a really good chance to win the games.  It was an absolutely spectacular day for me," Anderberg concluded.

Bid Committee members Mayors Blair Painter (CNP) and Don Anderberg (Pincher Creek)
Photo by City of Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman
Councillor Tammy Rubbelke said "From what I saw, everything was very well organized."  She expressed that Red Deer, the city competing with Lethbridge for the event, will need an outstanding pitch if they're to match Lethbridge's.

Councillor Lorne Jackson was impressed with the luncheon presented by the Lethbridge College culinary department at the Garden Court Restaurant.  "I look forward to eating there again."

Lethbridge hosted the Canada Winter Games once before, in 1975, and also hosted the 2012 Alberta Summer Games.  It has been chosen to host the 2015 Alberta 55-Plus Winter Games.

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