Test events pro­vide valu­able lessons for Games or­ga­niz­ers

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE - WEST­ERN CANADA SUM­MER GAMES 2019 SCOTT AN­DER­SON SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

The con­clu­sion of a trio of test events in prepa­ra­tion for the 2019 West­ern Canada Sum­mer Games has pro­vided Games or­ga­niz­ers with some valu­able in­for­ma­tion on how to bet­ter pre­pare for the 16 sport com­pe­ti­tion in Au­gust of next year.

This past week­end a two-day cy­cling com­pe­ti­tion was hosted by the Swift Cur­rent Cy­cle Club, in­clud­ing a Time Trial road race in Wy­mark, a cri­terium race in Swift Cur­rent, plus a Road Race from Ha­zlet along High­way #332. It was the third pre-com­pe­ti­tion test event fol­low­ing an Open Wa­ter Swim on July 15 and Triathlon on Au­gust 12.

“What we re­ally wanted to do was test out the cour­ses and the venues for those three out­door sports which are newer to this re­gion,” ex­plained Denise Bar­bier, Games Man­ager. “And be­cause they were all out­door sports, look­ing at how did the weather im­pact us, and the lo­gis­tics around the set up, and the trans­porta­tion, and some of those pieces.”

SCOTT AN­DER­SON/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

A trio of cy­cling events over the week­end were the fi­nal three test events planned for 2018 in prepa­ra­tion for the 2019 West­ern Canada Sum­mer Games next Au­gust.

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