Sep 17, 2012 / 7:57 pm
Kelowna wants to be an Ironman city.
At an in-camera meeting this morning, Council gave approval for staff to submit a proposal to host Ironman Canada. Kelowna’s bid will be submitted to the World Triathlon Corporation on Sept. 24, 2012.
“Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley is well positioned to host this event,” says Mayor Walter Gray. “We have a long and rich history as the hub of triathlon in Canada. The Apple Triathlon, the premier Olympic distance triathlon in Canada, combined with Ironman Canada will strongly establish Kelowna as the centre for multi-sport excellence. We have a world-class outdoor venue, a committed community and easy access with Kelowna International Airport. Ironman Canada is synonymous with the Okanagan Valley and we want to see that continue.”
A news release form the city states:
"City Council believes hosting Ironman Canada would create long lasting legacies for the community and its citizens by building on our existing active living infrastructure and culture by creating a multi-sport centre of excellence. In addition, a volunteer recruitment and retention strategy will be developed benefitting events in Kelowna."
Kelowna is an active community that hosts more than 100 events annually. The City’s objective is to link the Apple Triathlon and Ironman Canada and other events to create a celebration of sport and culture that strengthens Kelowna’s position as a leader in active living."
A statistically valid survey conducted in Kelowna earlier this month indicated strong community support for hosting the event. More than 95 per cent of respondents have heard of Ironman Canada and, of those, 72 per cent stated they favour the City of Kelowna bidding on the opportunity to host Ironman Canada.
The World Triathlon Corporation is expected to announce its decision on the successful proponent on Oct. 10, 2012.
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