2014 Alberta Winter Games to be Held in Bow Valley February 6 - 9

Banff Celebrates Successful Winter Games Bid

Banff, Alberta, Canada (September 7, 2011) - The Town of Banff and Banff National Park are celebrating the awarding of Alberta’s 2014 Winter Games to the Bow Valley and inviting all Albertans to come to the iconic mountain park and UNESCO World Heritage Site to join in the excitement of the games.

“We were delighted to be part of this bid and we’re honoured to be selected to co-host the Alberta Winter Games,” said Town of Banff mayor, Karen Sorensen. “The Town of Banff is committed to creating and delivering an outstanding games experience for Alberta’s young athletes, coaches and parents. It’s an incredible opportunity for students to be part of an extraordinary event. We look forward to welcoming Albertans and supporting the province’s young athletes”

The Alberta Winter Games, a program of the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation, offers young, developing athletes an opportunity to challenge themselves and each other in a high-calibre competition designed to foster sportsmanship, improve skills and enhance personal growth. A multi-day sport and cultural festival, the games celebrate the Canadian winter and honour young Albertans’ achievements through sport whilst also providing a training ground for future national, international and Olympic competition.

The successful bid is being seen as a testimonial to Banff National Park’s infrastructure reinvestment which focuses, in part, on enriching sport and youth programs. The Town of Banff has also prepared itself well for hosting the games with the development of new, state-of-the-art facilities such as The Fenland’s Recreation Centre which boasts two skating arenas, four curling rinks and a scenic concourse with full service concessions.

This leadership approach by the town and the national park has been reaffirmed in the recently released destination competitiveness report, unveiled by The Town of Banff, Banff National Park and Banff Lake Louise Tourism in August.

“It’s an honour for the community of Banff and the Bow Valley to be chosen as hosts for this prestigious event”, said Julie Canning, President & CEO of Banff Lake Louise Tourism. “This will be a fabulous opportunity for young athletes to showcase their amazing abilities in a destination that embraces, encourages and celebrates winter activities and athletics. We extend a warm welcome to all Alberta families to come out to Canada’s first national park to celebrate with us and participate in these games.”

The Alberta Winter Games are held every two years. The 2012 games will take place in the Spruce Grove, Stony Plain & Parkland County communities of south-central Alberta from February 9 – 12, 2012.

For more information about the Alberta Winter Games go to www.albertagames.com