KELOWNA – The Hosting BC program, funded by the Province, is providing $8,447 in grants to support three upcoming sporting events in Kelowna.

Organizations and events receiving funding:

  • Kelowna Junior Raquetball Association: $3,000 for the 2016 Racquetball Canada Junior National Championships (April 20-23, 2016)
  • Central Okanagan Minor Baseball Association: $3,000 for the 11-U AAA Tier 1 Baseball Provincials (July 28-August 1, 2016)
  • Kelowna Yacht Club: $2,447 for the 2016 Melges 24 Canadian National Championships (June 23-26, 2016)

“For more than a decade, Hosting BC has been supporting competitive-level sport in our communities,” says Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission. “The program’s financial assistance has resulted in many successful events that have provided great opportunities for the local economy.”

“Since 2004 the provincial government, through Hosting BC, has invested nearly $267,500 in 51 community-based sporting events in Kelowna,” says Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “These investments help make B.C. the destination of choice for sport and cultural events.”

“Kelowna has a great reputation for hosting large events, and for good reason,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “These events are an opportunity for competitors and their families to have fun and experience Okanagan hospitality.”

Sport organizations throughout British Columbia will share $145,247 in the latest round of program funding from Hosting BC. The entire list, made up of 37 sporting events taking place in 20 communities, will provide grants ranging between $800 and $15,000.

These grants will support the setup and operation of international, national, provincial and club championships, tournaments and tour stops for sports such as racquetball, wrestling, swimming, fastball, equestrian, canoe/kayak, and taekwondo.

Funding for these events is provided by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and administered by viaSport, the Government of British Columbia’s lead agency for the development and promotion of sport and physical activity in the province.

To learn more about Event Hosting in B.C., please visit http://www.gov.bc.ca/eventhosting. To learn more about viaSport, please visit http://www.viasport.ca/.