TC En­ergy be­comes gold level spon­sor sup­port­ing ten­nis

The Southwest Booster - - Opinion - SCOTT AN­DER­SON SOUTHWEST BOOSTER

TC En­ergy has ral­lied be­hind the ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion for the up­com­ing 2019 West­ern Canada Sum­mer Games.

TC En­ergy, for­merly known as Tran­scanada, has con­trib­uted $15,000 to the Games to serve as a Gold Spon­sor and pre­sent­ing spon­sor of the ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion.

The ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion which will be hosted from

Au­gust 14 to 18 at the four

River­side Park ten­nis courts.

Com­peti­tors will be en­tered in a team event, along with male and fe­male sin­gles, dou­bles and mixed dou­bles. En­tires in the team event are Al­berta,

Man­i­toba, North West Ter­ri­to­ries and host Saskatchew­an.

“The ten­nis venue is go­ing to be a very high pro­file part of the legacy of the Games,” ex­plained Steve Loney, Indige­nous and Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions

Li­ai­son for TC En­ergy, Cen­tral

Re­gion. “So we’re very proud to be a part of that.”

Loney said the part­ner­ship ties into their phi­los­o­phy of giv­ing back to the com­mu­ni­ties they op­er­ate in.

“Get­ting in­volved with our neigh­bours and events that are im­por­tant to the com­mu­ni­ties where we work and live is a big part of TC En­ergy’s val­ues. Our em­ploy­ees, and it’s ac­tu­ally also em­ployee driven, want to get in­volved and be a part of this mo­men­tous sport­ing event that’s hap­pen­ing here.”

TC En­ergy is no stranger to work­ing in sup­port of a va­ri­ety of events and ac­tiv­i­ties in com­mu­ni­ties across West­ern

Canada.

“The Games ex­pe­ri­ences that we’ve had in other mar­kets, much like we’re go­ing to have here, they just cre­ate a real en­ergy and an ex­cite­ment,” he ex­plained. “The ath­letes bring the heat, I guess TC En­ergy brings the en­ergy.”

Scott Cas­sidy, Di­rec­tor of

Friends of the Games, said this ex­cit­ing new part­ner­ship is an im­por­tant one as they get in the fi­nal days of gath­er­ing the fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment nec­es­sary to make the Games a mem­o­rable one for all in­volved.

“We’re very happy to con­nect with them about 30 days out from the Games here, and have them as our ten­nis spon­sor,” Cas­sidy said. “It’s one of these ones again that has been in the works for a long time. TC

En­ergy just re­ally con­nected with the Games right away.”

He was also happy they have been able to check off an­other sport of the 16 avail­able com­pe­ti­tions sched­uled dur­ing the

Games.

”Our fund-rais­ing goal from the start was to sell all the sports, and I’m happy to say that we’re very very near that goal. We’ve got a month left ba­si­cally. I think we have just one or two sports just to fi­nal­ize and then ev­ery sport will be sold out for these Games.

That’s great.”

Cas­sidy said the ten­nis venue will be the site of some great ten­nis ac­tion for five days dur­ing the Games, but also a valu­able ad­di­tion to the com­mu­nity for years to come.

“We talk about the legacy projects for after the Games come and go, and we’ve all no­ticed the ten­nis courts have got an up­grade at River­side

Park. And they look beau­ti­ful.

Those are top notch, the right lev­el­ling the right paint, like ev­ery­thing is go­ing to be look­ing good for when the ath­letes are here to per­form on those courts. So credit to the City for sup­port­ing our Games so much.”

“When City Coun­cil went out to bid for these Games, I think this is what they en­vi­sioned.

Now it is just all com­ing to re­al­ity here in the next 30 days.”

Cas­sidy said in ad­di­tion to the fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment, TC

En­ergy was also fi­nal­iz­ing the best way they can step for­ward to serve as vol­un­teers dur­ing the Games.

“Talk­ing to the lo­cal staff here to­day, they’re all talk­ing about vol­un­teer­ing. And that’s the buzz that has been gen­er­ated here from the Games.

Every­body we bump into on the street and what­not, that’s all we hear, how do we sign up, how do we be a part of it. We do have a bit of a short­age right now, but I truly be­lieve that

Swift Cur­rent and the Southwest com­mu­nity will come to­gether again in these next 30 days and fill all of our vol­un­teer needs.”

Steve Loney, Indige­nous and Com­mu­nity Re­la­tions Li­ai­son for TC En­ergy, Cen­tral Re­gion, was joined by Area Man­ager Brodie Pat­ten­den and Pipeline Tech­ni­cian Jordan Wil­son in pre­sent­ing Friends of the Games Di­rec­tor Scott Cas­sidy with their Gold Level Spon­sor­ship for the up­com­ing 2019 West­ern Canada Sum­mer Games.

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