Summerside looking to draw new sporting events

Mike Carson
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SUMMERSIDE - The director of the Summerside community services department is in Edmonton this week to promote city to a group of national sports governing bodies.

Summerside city hall

J P Desrosiers is attending the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance’s Sport Events Congress, in Edmonton and runs until April 3. The Congress is one of the main platforms that the City uses to attract major sporting events annually.

“I attend this annually,” said Desrosiers. “It’s an opportunity for us to put the city in front of almost all of the sports governing bodies in Canada and look at potential sporting events right across all of the sporting events that exist.”

The city is looking to expand the type of sporting events it may host in the future.

“Certainly a goal of mine and of our department is to diversify some of the hosting that we have done,” Desrosiers said. “We’ve done a lot of hockey. We’ve done curling but we want to look elsewhere. So, we’re here to promote our wares and our facility and talk to other sports governing bodies about the potential of hosting more events down the road.”

Desrosiers said it’s too early say which sporting events the city may be interested in hosting.

“Right now, there’s nothing in particular,” he said. “There are obviously things but it’s too early to talk about or release it. There is a broad plethora of things that we want to look at and see if they make sense for our market and then try and attract them here.”

Desrosiers said there are about 700 delegates at the congress representing cities and facilities from across the country.

Organizations: Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, Sport Events Congress

Geographic location: Edmonton, Canada

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  • billy
    April 02, 2014 - 11:09

    Brought to you by the same gentlemen whom was the contact person for the 1.2 millon( or we now not including legal fees,staff time etc more like 2 million?) that went out the door a few years ago.................quantify the "spinoffs" of 2 million as numbers from staff can be tossed around quite a bit.... MMA are athletic wanna be's..........keep sport out of the province...............

  • Dev
    April 01, 2014 - 10:17

    Are you serious? MMA had been knocking on your door the past 5 years! A sporting event that thousands of islanders enjoy to watch.