City of Red Deer to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games

CALGARY, Sept. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - At a joint media conference this morning held by the Canada Games Council and the Province of Alberta, the City of Red Deer was named host of the 2019 Canada Winter Games. In just over four years, the City of Red Deer will welcome our nation's next generation of national, international and Olympic champions as the best young developing athletes that Canada has to offer will converge to compete in Canada's largest multi-sport event. "The 2019 bid evaluation process was thorough and competitive," said Tom Quinn, Chair of the Canada Games Council. "Both communities put forth an impressive bid to Host the Games and everyone involved from both communities should be proud of what they accomplished. It was tremendously rewarding for the Canada Games to see the Movement alive and active in both communities."

New Board Members - Alberta Sport Connection

Message on behalf of Tourism, Parks, Recreation Minister Richard Starke. I am very pleased to let you know about the appointment of five new members to the Alberta Sport Connection Board of Directors. With the appointment of these five individuals, the board now sits at 10 members. The five new appointees represent Calgary, Canmore and St. Albert, thus increasing the board’s representation across Alberta. Full biographies of the returning board members are available on the Alberta Sport Connection website. Guided by the Alberta Sport Plan, the Alberta Sport Connection is dedicated to building a better Alberta through sport. The board’s mandate is to enhance the quality of life of Albertans by encouraging active lifestyles, promoting athletic excellence and multi-sport games and partnering with and funding community initiatives. I look forward to working with the board in realizing the vision set out in the Alberta Sport Plan and building a better Alberta through sport. Their experience, knowledge and passion for sport will serve this province well. If you have any questions about the board, please feel free to contact my office. Best regards, Richard Starke Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation

Alberta Sport Plan 2014-2024

Alberta Sport Plan 2014 - 2024 The Alberta Sport Plan is being renewed by Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation with the support of an Advisory Committee. The process has involved extensive consultation with Albertans and stakeholders from across the spectrum of Sport in Alberta. This consultation involved an online survey which was open to all Albertan's to complete, a Sport Forum held in Red Deer on November 1-2, and a series of regional conversations. A draft of the 2014 – 2024 Alberta Sport Plan was released on May 1st 2014 and now it's your call. Give them your feedback about the Alberta Sport Plan - complete the Survey

2014 Annual General Meeting

You are invited to attend Sport Alberta's Annual General Meeting. Sport Alberta Annual General Meeting Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:30 AM Room 2901B Red Deer College (100 College Boulevard) Red Deer College A planning meeting of Sport Alberta will be held immediately following the AGM. This meeting is estimated to run from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. If you are able to attend, please RSVP to by Thursday, May 8, 2014.

CSTA Celebrates Canada's Ranking as the World's #2 Sporting Nation

2014 Global Sports Nations Index Ranks Canada as Number Two Ottawa - The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA), an organization with 400 members including 142 municipalities, over 200 national and provincial sport organizations as well as product and service suppliers to the industry celebrates the recent Global Sports Nations Index which ranks Canada as the number two sporting nation in the world. This Global Sports Nations Index 2014 is produced by Sportcal, a global sports market intelligence agency, and is based on in-depth analysis of over 450 major multi-sport games and world championships over a rolling 12-year period, covering six years in the past and six years in the future (2009 to 2020). Rick Traer, CEO of the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance commented: "With one of the CSTA’s key objectives being to market Canada internationally as a preferred sport tourism destination, this Index ranking of #2 in the world proves that the work of the Canadian sport tourism partners is indeed paying off. They understand the impact of positioning Canada as a world leader in hosting sporting events, and we look forward to working together to place Canada at the top of the list in the near future."

Red Deer & Lethbridge in the running to Host 2019 Canada Winter Games

Both Albertan Communities Bidding to Host the 2019 Canada Winter Games Invited to Advance (March 7, 2014) Ottawa – At recent meetings, the Canada Games Council`s (CGC) Board of Directors have approved the CGC 2019 Technical Review Committee’s report that the two communities bidding to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games advance to Phase II. “The communities of Lethbridge and Red Deer have been informed of their scoring in the technical assessment phase of the 2019 Canada Winter Games Bid Process and have been invited to submit a Comprehensive Host Community Bid Proposal,” says Paul Flaherty, Chairman of the 2019 Bid Evaluation Committee. “We hope both communities continue in this very competitive bid process.”

Cycling Canada Talent ID Program to Recruit New Athletes in Calgary

Cycling Canada is seeking physically literate women and men with the ambition to excel as cyclists, to take part in the Pedal to the Medal Talent ID Initiative (P2M-TID). The P2M-TID is open to anyone in Canada who will be 16 or over on Dec. 31, 2014. In particular, there is an immediate need for women with the athletic aptitude to make an immediate impact in cycling. The P2M-TID testing protocol, to be run at the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary, consists of three physical tests to help identify cycling-specific attributes. The tests are: vertical jump, six-second maximum power, and three-minute critical power. Candidates can expect to spend between 45 to 60 minutes in testing. The testing will take place at the Canadian Sport Institute at Canada Olympic Park (Markin MacPhail Centre) on March 15-16, 2014 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Those interested in participating in Cycling Canada's P2M-TID initiative should fill out the form found HERE. Following a review of the information, eligible athletes will be contacted to set up a testing time at the appropriate location. If you have any questions, please contact