Swift Current intends to submit bid to host 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games

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Swift Current City Council gave unanimous approval to a motion to draft a letter of interest expressing Swift Current's desire to host the Saskatchewan Summer Games in 2016.

Swift Current hosted their lone Summer Games in 1976, so if they are eventually successful in submitting the winning bid it will mark exactly 40 years between Summer Games in Swift Current.

Dean Robson, Swift Current Director of Recreation and Parks, would love to have the opportunity for Swift Current to show off the community and their hosting ability to the rest of the province.

"Not only does it make sense, but we are a community that's always been proud to show off and proud to host others. And I think we're a community with a lot of spirit. We've hosted world events. I think for us it would be pretty easy as not only as a city but a region, to host a provincial games and really put on a good show. I'm actually quite passionate that we would do a remarkable job and set a very high bar," Robson said.

Swift Current was one of the communities receiving a letter from the Saskatchewan Games Council last year seeking interested communities interested in going through the bidding process for the week long Games. With Swift Current having expressed their interested to begin the procedure of preparing a bid, the Games Council will visit all communities expressing interest in hosting the Games, providing workshops and outlining the effort needed to put on a Games.

"They will show the type of commitment that's expected. They'll show how to do financial strategies and forecasting, and they will really look at how you can set up your committees. We would want to start with some strong chairpersons with an internal committee."

Robson pointed out that Swift Current has already been the host for successful provincial and western Canadian athletic championship over the years.

"We will be utilizing our key people in different sports to help us organize, control, and in some areas be the event coordinator," Robson said, highlighting tournaments and championships hosted in soccer, swimming, and baseball among others.

"We have a lot of people that will come out and help with expertise."

Swift Current had applied to host the 2004 Summer Games which were eventually awarded to Weyburn, with Swift Current's bid back in 2001/2002 not as strong as needed to host a provincial Games.

"We weren't successful in that bid. At that time we were lacking actually in accommodations to host everyone - athletes, trainers, parents, spectators, family. Also we had a track that was inefficient. So hopefully with our new synthetic track being under construction this summer, our bid will look that much better."

"With regards to facilities we're good to go," he added. "We have facilities as good or better than most in the province, we're really happy with our outdoor facilities."

Organizations: Swift Current City Council

Geographic location: Swift Current, Saskatchewan

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