Public support needed for 2018 Sask. Winter Games bid

By Matt Kelly
February 6, 2016 - 7:24am

North Battleford is one of the two finalists up for hosting the 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games and the city hopes public support can help their cause.

The selection committee will tour North Battleford and competing city Lloydminister before making their decision.

Director of leisure Bill Samborski said community enthusiasm will be the deciding factor.

"If they have time to be in certain areas at key times, even just holding up posters saying 'We want the Games,' or just kind of having that visible presence…There's no way the selection committee can come here and then say there wasn't any sign of community support."

The committee will leave the CUplex at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10 for Blue Mountain Adventure Park and return to visit the Civic Centre for noon.

After lunch and a tour of the CUplex, the committee will head to North Battleford Comprehensive High School.

Samborski believes the time at the CUplex is the best chance to show support.

"Between 12:15 and 1:30 pm we have people out at the CUplex, in the field house, in the pool. All we need them to do is just hold up signs or be enthusiastic."

The committee’s tour concludes with visits to Table Mountain Regional Park, Battleford arena, Don Ross arena and the Bowlarena.

The host city will be announced Feb. 18.

The 2014 Winter Games were held in Prince Albert while the upcoming 2016 Summer Games are being held in Estevan.

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