Prince Ed­ward Is­land to host 2023 mul­ti­sport event

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

The Canada Games are com­ing back to Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

The Canada Games Coun­cil of­fi­cially awarded the 2023 Win­ter Games to the prov­ince at an event on Fri­day.

“The Games pro­vide our upand-com­ing ath­letes with a chance to com­pete at a na­tional level,” said Robert Mitchell, P.E.I.’s min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for sport. “They also help to strength­en­ing our lo­cal econ­omy, in­crease com­mu­nity spirit and ex­pand vol­un­teerism. I am con­fi­dent that our Is­land vol­un­teers, spon­sors, sup­port­ers, lead­ers and ath­letes, will do an out­stand­ing job in stag­ing the 2023 Games and show­cas­ing all our prov­ince has to of­fer.”

It will be the third time the Is­land has hosted the Canada Games. The 1991 Win­ter Games and the 2009 Sum­mer Games oc­curred here.

Prince Ed­ward Is­land’s bid com­mit­tee hosted the na­tional eval­u­a­tion com­mit­tee in Septem­ber. They toured fa­cil­i­ties, heard

pre­sen­ta­tions and got a taste of Is­land cul­ture.

“Out­stand­ing. It was re­ally out­stand­ing,” Evan John­ston, chair­man of the bid eval­u­a­tion com­mit­tee, told The Guardian at the time when asked what im­pres­sions he’s been left with. “(P.E.I.

has) cer­tainly made us feel great.”

The Is­land was orig­i­nally slated to host the Games in 2031 but P.E.I. and the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries agreed to switch spots in the host­ing ro­ta­tion two years ago. The Is­land still had to en­sure the na­tional coun­cil, through its bid process, it was ready to host the Games which are ex­pected to at­tract thou­sands of vis­i­tors to the prov­ince.

The work of plan­ning and pre­par­ing for the Games will now tran­si­tion from a bid com­mit­tee to a host so­ci­ety. The im­me­di­ate fo­cus will be to de­brief with the Canada Games Coun­cil, be­gin the in­cor­po­ra­tion of the host so­ci­ety and se­lect the key lead­er­ship po­si­tions.

“We would like to thank the Prov­ince of P.E.I. for the time and ef­fort they put forth to pro­duce such an out­stand­ing bid,” said Tom Quinn, chair­man of the Canada Games Coun­cil. “We very much look for­ward to work­ing with the 2023 Canada Games Host So­ci­ety on mak­ing this an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence for the ath­letes, coaches and spec­ta­tors who will come to P.E.I. in a lit­tle more than four years.”

Wayne Carew and Brian McFeely will be co-chairs of the host so­ci­ety.

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