Calgary’s Celebration of Sport Thursday, October 13th; 11:00am to 1:30pm

CALGARY, Alberta — Calgary’s inaugural Celebration of Sport was conceived as a place to honour the countless athletes, coaches, parents, volunteers, facilities, sport organizations, and businesses that come together to make Calgary an incredible city for sport.

CALGARY’S CELEBRATION OF SPORT
Thursday, October 13, 2016

VIP RECEPTION
11:00am to 11:45am
WinSport, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

LUNCHEON
12:00pm to 1:30pm

WinSport, Markin MacPhail Centre

Calgary’s Celebration of Sport is co-presented by Sport Calgary and Calgary Sport Tourism Authority, and will feature over ffty high performance athletes, including many local Olympians. One of the highlights of the event for guests is that each table at the luncheon will include a high performance athlete. Dignitaries present will include His Worship Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Alberta Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Lois Mitchell, C.M., the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Canada Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, and the Honourable Ricardo Miranda, Alberta Minister of Culture and Tourism. 

The luncheon will feature a panel discussion moderated by Scott Russell, sports writer and broadcaster for CBC. Panelists include The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Ian Allison Vice President Television and Media Services, Spruce Meadows, Cassie Campbell-Pascall, C.M., Olympic hockey player and broadcaster for Sportsnet, and Jim Peplinski, NHL and Olympic hockey player and founder of Jim Peplinski Leasing. 

Catriona Le May Doan, O.C., two-time Olympic Gold medalist and Senior Director Community Engagement and Marketing for Sport Calgary is our Master of Ceremonies for the event. “Canada was represented in Rio by exceptional athletes, many of whom are from

Calgary or train here in Calgary,” says Le May Doan. “The athletes that live and train in Calgary work so hard, they, and those who facilitate their training, deserve to be recognized and celebrated for their tremendous efforts.”

Barry M. Heck, President and CEO of WinSport says, “WinSport is thrilled to host Sport Calgary and the frst annual Celebration of Sport. We understand the importance of our Olympic legacy in Calgary, and the beneft that comes to a city that supports and celebrates its athletes.”

Three awards will be presented at the luncheon, Sport Calgary’s Sport Leadership Award and Business & Sport Award, given to a sport organization and business, respectively, who have made positive and innovative contributions to sport in Calgary. As many corporate entities have purchased tables at the event, Sport Calgary hopes they might be inspired to view amateur sport as a worthwhile community investment.

Calgary Sport Tourism Authority will also present its annual Event Champion of the Year award, honouring the leadership and commitment required to bring a national or international event to Calgary.

We hope to see you there as we celebrate everything that makes Calgary such an incredible and renown sport city!

MEDIA AVAILABILITY:
Dignitaries and special guests will be available to speak with media during the VIP Reception, from 11:20am to 11:45am in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Murray Sigler, Sport Calgary’s CEO, and Catriona Le May Doan, Sport Calgary’s Senior Director of Community Engagement and Marketing, are available for media interviews. Please contact 403.387.7772.

Evans Hunt