Get ready, Victoria! This week had a major announcement; the CFL is coming to Royal Athletic Park on August 31, 2024. This isn't just a game; it's a landmark event for Victoria and the entire region! 🌆✨
Big cheers to Amar Doman, the visionary owner of the BC Lions, and to Mayor Alto for making this happen.
Touchdown Pacific - BC Lions vs. Ottawa Redblacks! 🏈🎉
Do you remember the 12,000 seats during the 2007 U20 FIFA World Cup at Royal Athletic Park? Royal Athletic Park is about to be transformed again into a pulsating hub of sport. The buzz is real!
This event is a collaboration between Canadian Football League, BC Lions Football Club, City of Victoria BC, Government of British Columbia, and Destination Greater Victoria. It's a testament to what we can achieve together, turning our small city into a stage for epic events, creating lasting memories and economic prosperity. 💪
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The 2024 Greater Victoria Sports Awards (GVSA) are now open for nominations. This prestigious event recognizes excellence in sports, celebrating the accomplishments of individuals, teams, and organizations who have left an indelible mark on our sporting landscape in the past year.
📅 Save the Date: Thursday, February 29, 2024
🔗 To Nominate: GVSA.CA
WHO CAN BE NOMINATED? 🌟
Nominate any individual, team, or organization from Greater Victoria. We invite you to spotlight those who have showcased exceptional dedication, skill, and sportsmanship during the 2023 calendar year.
WHY NOMINATE? 💡
Your nomination holds weight! The GVSA Selection/Nomination Committee, comprised of esteemed individuals, will thoughtfully consider all public nominations when selecting deserving winners across various categories:
🏅 Female Athlete of the Year
🏅 Male Athlete of the Year
🏅 Female High School Athlete of the Year
🏅 Male High School Athlete of the Year
🏅 Female College/University Athlete of the Year
🏅 Male College/University Athlete of the Year
🏅 Female Master Athlete of the Year
🏅 Male Master Athlete of the Year
🏅 Team of the Year
🏅 Coach of the Year
🏅 'Ok'wilagame' Female Indigenous Athlete
🏅 'Ok'wilagame' Male Indigenous Athlete
🏅 John & Marilyn Bate Organization of the Year
🏅 Pat Hall Volunteer Award
Your nomination plays a crucial role in recognizing the outstanding contributions of these remarkable individuals and groups within our sporting community.
For further details, please contact Keith Wells, Greater Victoria Sport Tourism Commission, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week, we had the honor of attending the Opening Ceremony of the Parkland Secondary School Track! 🏟️
Although it faced budgetary challenges and many ups and downs, the collective determination of the #community has now turned this vision into a reality.
This incredible achievement was made possible by the collaborative efforts of Parkland Secondary School, Saanich School District, Memorial Park Society, the District of North Saanich, the Town of Sidney, and generous local businesses and citizens. 🤝
The ceremony was marked by speeches from esteemed guests and a symbolic ribbon-cutting.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this valuable athletic facility a reality for our community. 🙏
This past week, our team at had the privilege of attending some remarkable sports events that showcased the power of community, collaboration, and the rich sporting heritage of British Columbia. Thanks to the team at BC Sports Hall of Fame, Tom Mayenknecht and Michelle Kitchen, as well as many others for putting on a great conference.
🌟 Thursday: We were honored to be a part of the Sport BC Community Hero Awards, kicking off the BC Sports Hall of Fame 2023 Annual Summit. It was an inspiring evening where we joined Sport BC in recognizing the invaluable contributions of BC Sport volunteers.
🗣️ Friday Morning: The General Meeting of the BC Sports Hall Network provided a platform for insightful discussions on the development of local, regional, and sport-specific sports halls, museums, galleries, and exhibits in our beautiful province.
🍽️ Friday Lunch: The Defining Moments Luncheon, powered by the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific was a heartwarming tribute to the defining moments in British Columbia and Greater Victoria's sports history. It was an opportunity to connect with leaders who have left an indelible mark on our sporting community.
We're grateful for the opportunity to be a part of these events and look forward to contributing further to the vibrant sports landscape of British Columbia. 🇨🇦🥇
Spotlight on Friends of Victoria Basketball - chronicling Team Canada in the 2023 FIBA World Cup 🎬
Currently, amidst the exhilaration of the 2023 FIBA World Cup in Indonesia, Friends of Victoria Basketball is meticulously chronicling Team Canada's journey. 🇨🇦 Their lens captures the essence of the competition, the dedication of the athletes, and the spirit of Canadian basketball.
Beyond the courts of Indonesia, this narrative continues, resonating all the way to the prospect of Paris 2024. Friends of Victoria Basketball's commitment to showcasing Canadian resilience and skill is truly commendable.
The recent feature in the Times Colonist underscores the significance of their work, spotlighting the fusion of dedication and sportsmanship.
"However this journey ends – backdoor heartbreak again on Blanshard or the podium in Paris — the Friends of Victoria Basketball will have it documented for the world to see." - Cleve Dheensaw, Times Colonist (Victoria) 💬
Another success for the Victoria Track Classic 2023, presented by the Runsport Victoria Society. This event, part of the National Track & Field Tour in Canada, and provides athletes with valuable points towards qualifications to Nationals and the potential to represent Team Canada at Paris 2024.
Under beautiful weather, the Victoria Track Classic attracted a vibrant 1,250 attendees who cheered on both Canadian and international athletes.
A huge shout out to the partners of the Victoria Track Classic who made this event possible. Kids enjoyed the bouncy castles in the festival zone alongside food and beverage provided by the Victoria Highlanders FC, Papa Johns and FreshCoast Health Food Bar. A special thanks to Nohra Thai Kitchen for providing all the Officials with a delicious healthy meal and providing the athletes with a wonderful post-event buffet.
The Victoria Track Classic 2023 set a new benchmark for future editions, and we extend our gratitude to all the athletes, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees who contributed to its success.
The stage is set - Paris 2024 is around the corner and our Canadian athletes are chomping at the bit. Did you know that the Victoria Track Classic is the last stop in the National Track & Field Tour. The Tour provides our Canadian athletes an opportunity to qualify for Nationals where they can qualify for the Canadian national team heading to Paris 2024.
Join us on July 16, 2023, at UVIC's Centennial Stadium!
Visit: https://lnkd.in/g77XF2a4 to learn more
deFrias Management Group proudly represents Curl BC, an organization that supports 86 curling clubs across British Columbia.
🥌 Curling clubs are more than just sports facilities; they are vibrant community hubs sustained by dedicated volunteers. These clubs foster social connections and strengthen community life. They believe in the power of inclusivity; welcoming people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Curl BC is actively working to attract new immigrants to the sport, ensuring that everyone can experience the joy and camaraderie of curling.
🇨🇦 Curling is a Canadian sport, deeply ingrained in our culture and identity. From the historic Royal Montreal Curling Club, founded in 1807, to the grassroots clubs that dot our nation, curling brings Canadians together.
📊 Did you know? Curl BC offers a unique opportunity to connect with a well-educated audience. Over 75% of curling viewers have some form of postsecondary schooling, with an annual income of over $150K+, ahead of the national average by a whopping 109%.
If your organization shares the values of community, inclusivity, and Canadian heritage, then let's discuss how we can showcase your brand to a passionate and engaged audience.
The TC10K event was an incredible experience filled with boundless energy and a fantastic atmosphere! It truly was a race for everyone, and after months of dedicated work, seeing families and individuals running and walking with pure joy was immensely fulfilling. 🎉
Let's take a moment to appreciate some impressive numbers that showcase the event's scale and impact: a remarkable 7,553 participants triumphed in the TC10K, and we celebrated a record-breaking 851 participants in the Thrifty Foods Family Run! 🌟
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our partners, charities, volunteers, and staff who contributed to making this event an enormous success. It was through their unwavering support and dedication that the TC10K exceeded all expectations. Thank you! 🙌
Stay tuned for thrilling updates and plans for the upcoming 35th anniversary TC10K powered by Runsport. Together, let's continue to create extraordinary moments and inspire more people to embrace the sheer joy of running! 🏃♂️🏃♀️
We, at deFrias Management Group are thrilled to share the success of the RIM-TO-RIM : Canada vs. Japan organized in collaboration with We The West Basketball Festival and Canada Basketball.
After two decades, Canada's Senior Women's National Basketball Team returned in Victoria for an exhibition game against Japan on June 2nd, at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre.
Our team worked across various channels, including social media, radio, TV, print, and newspapers, to ensure maximum visibility and engagement. We were immensely proud to have worked with local community groups, as it allowed us to create an unforgettable experience for our national team and all the attendees. The event saw an incredible turnout, with 4️⃣,5️⃣4️⃣9️⃣ enthusiastic fans filling the stands to cheer on our exceptional athletes.
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