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Sport Burnaby nominated for national sport tourism award

Burnaby (February 9, 2017) – The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) has named Sport Burnaby as one of three finalists for its 11th annual PRESTIGE Awards.  The Awards honour organizations and volunteers who bid, host and stage sport events across Canada.

Sport Burnaby is nominated for Sport Tourism Organization of the year along with Sport Hosting Vancouver and Municipality of Clare Tourism from Nova Scotia.

“Sport Burnaby does an exceptional job of building awareness of Burnaby’s excellent sporting venues, and attracting major sporting events to the city – and of ensuring that event organizers who choose Burnaby as their host city are thrilled with the choice they have made,” said Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan.  “Event by event, Sport Burnaby is making Burnaby a city that is known for its diverse, high-quality sporting facilities, superior event-hosting skills and sincere hospitality.  I am so pleased and proud to see Sport Burnaby honoured with this well-deserved nomination.”

“Being recognized by our industry colleagues is truly an honour and a testament to all the hard work we’ve done with our many partners and volunteers over the last year to make Burnaby a fantastic destination for sport,” said Jennifer Scott, senior manager of Sport Burnaby. “Our goal is deliver sport events that have a positive sport, social and economic impact and legacy in our community.”

2016 was an exceptional and busy year for Sport Burnaby as the community hosted or secured multiple national and international events including:

  • 2016 World Taekwondo Junior Championship
  • 2016-2019 Rowing National Championship and Canada Cup
  • 2016 and 2017 U18/University Invitational Rugby 7’s Championships
  • 2016 World Indigenous Basketball Challenge
  • 2016 Table Tennis Junior North American Cup and Canada Cup
  • 2016 Pat Quinn Classic
  • 2016 Goalball Grand Slam
  • 2016 NEC-SFU Native Basketball Festival
  • 2016 Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Women’s Soccer Championships
  • 2017 Canadian University Rowing Championship
  • 2017 Americas Rugby Championship – Canada vs. USA (coming up on Feb. 18, 2017)

“Each one of these finalists has contributed to the over six billion dollar sport tourism industry in Canada,” said Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. “Through the PRESTIGE Award program we are proud to honour the people, the events, the sponsors and the communities who have helped make Canada a world leader in the sport tourism industry. It was quite remarkable to see the breadth of nominations from across the country.” See the CSTA press release and all award finalists.

Recipients will be announced on March 21 at the CSTA’s annual Sport Events Congress in Ottawa.

Sport Burnaby is a branch of Tourism Burnaby.  It operates as a dedicated, experienced sport hosting office that partners with sport organizations and provides seamless support from bid to event delivery.

Designed as a comprehensive “one-stop-shop,” Sport Burnaby provides organizers with local expertise and connects them directly with venues, grants, community partners and industry stakeholders. The mandate is to attract to and support events in Burnaby and strive to be the pre-eminent sport hosting community in Canada.



Media Contact:

Jennifer Scott

Senior Manager, Sport Burnaby



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