KELOWNA – The Hosting BC program has approved $6,500 in grants to support local sporting tournaments and championships in Kelowna.

Organizations receiving grants:

  • BC Snowboard Association – $3,000 for 2016 IPC Para-Snowboard World Cup (Jan 21-24, 2016).
  • Thompson Okanagan Football Club – $2,500 for BC Soccer Premier Cup (June 24-26, 2016).
  • Skate Canada B.C./Yukon Section – $1,000 for Super Series STARSkate Final (March 4-6, 2016).

“Events like these are great for our community, helping to attract visitors and boost the local economy,” says Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission. “Our local residents, hotels, restaurants and attractions look forward to hosting these athletes, their families and support teams next year.”

“Across B.C., 39 sporting events in 21 communities are being supported with these grants,” says Norm Letnick, MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country. “Our government is proud to support these exciting competitions, as well as the many organizers and volunteers who work so hard to stage them.”

“For a lot of families, the sporting events Kelowna attracts year-round are a central event in the calendar,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “It’s one of the privileges of living in the Okanagan.”

These grants will help support the setup and operation of provincial and club championships, tournaments and tour stops for sports such as little league baseball, handball, fencing, wrestling, biathlon, gymnastics, skating, soccer and snowboarding.

Funding for these events is provided by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and administered by ViaSport. The B.C. government invests in sport-hosting opportunities to assist communities and organizations in their efforts to make this province the destination of choice for sport and cultural events.

To learn more about ViaSport, please visit: http://www.viasport.ca/grants.