Swift Current was one of four finalists along with Humboldt and Melfort
City of Swift Current
Swift Current's bid to host the 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games has come up short after Estevan was named the host of the multi-sport games, which will involve over 2,000 athletes, coaches, and managers in 16 sports representing nine sport districts from across the province.
Swift Current had been among four finalists, along with Estevan, Humboldt, and Melfort, to receive official visits from Games representatives earlier this month.
Estevan will host their second Saskatchewan Summer Games after hosting the 1980 Saskatchewan Summer Games. Swift Current last held the games in 1976 and was hoping that the recent addition of an all-weather track would help them win their second games 40 years later.
The 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games are tentatively scheduled for July of 2016 with archery, athletics, baseball, basketball, canoe/kayak, equestrian, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, triathlon and volleyball on the sport calendar.
Saskatchewan Games Council, Past Chairman, Darrell Baker, officially announced Estevan as the winning bid Tuesday.
“Congratulations to Estevan in winning the bid to host their second Saskatchewan Summer Games,” Baker said. "The Estevan committee is taking on an important responsibility as these games provide many of our athletes with their first multi-sport experience, preparing them to represent our province on the larger national and international stage.”
The Saskatchewan Games Council is confident Estevan will create a memorable multi-sport games experience for all involved. Site Evaluation Committee Chairman, Larry Lafrentz commented that Estevan’s, “strong group of core volunteers are dedicated to creating a memorable multi-games experience as well as providing for the care and comfort of the athletes.” He added, “The community’s existing sport facilities coupled with planned upgrades and new construction will provide a legacy of sport development opportunities in the community.”
Not only do the Saskatchewan Games provide developing athletes with the thrill and excitement of a multi-sport games they also work to encourage young athletes to pursue more competitive levels of sport like the Canada Games and beyond. The athletes are also encouraged by those who have gone before them. “Accomplished athletes such as Olympian Lucas Makowsky, a Saskatchewan Games alumni, inspire these kids to dream big and to strive for excellence in sport and in life,” said Susan Schneider, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Games Council.
The purpose of the Saskatchewan Games is to provide an opportunity for the provinces developing athletes, coaches and officials to participate in a multi sport event in preparation for the higher level of competition.
The Saskatchewan Summer Games have been held every four years since 1972 in 10 different cities. Moose Jaw, the host of inaugural games in 1972, was the only city to host the Summer Games twice prior to today's announcement.