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The City of Grande Prairie is submitting a bid package to host the 2022 Arctic Winter Games and is requesting local businesses and organizations in the Grande Prairie area send letters of support to include in the submission.
The Arctic Winter Games are a high profile, international circumpolar sport competition for northern and arctic athletes from Canada, the United States, Russia, Greenland and northern Scandinavian countries. Communities who host welcome over 2000 participants, over 500 additional visitors such as parents, officials and coaches, and many more spectators. Hosting such a large-scale event would have a significant economic impact in Grande Prairie while allowing us to showcase our culture, heritage and community on the international stage.
"We have seen first hand the benefits that hosting the Arctic Winter Games had on our community in 2010; in the athletes, volunteers, businesses and all those that the Games touched. We encourage all to support the bid to host the 2022 Arctic Winter Games through online sign-ups and letters of support,” says Bid Committee Co-Chairs Owen Lewis and Jodi Winnicky. “Let's come together as a community to bring the Games back in 2022 to inspire a new generation to experience the Arctic Winter Games' mission of athletic competition, cultural exchange and social interaction."
Businesses and organizations can submit their letters to Katie Biberdorf, Community Recreation Development Supervisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions must be accepted by Thursday, November 15.
Residents interested in showing support can sign their names on the 2022 Arctic Winter Games Grande Prairie Bid Committee page on change.org.
The Arctic Winter Games provide an opportunity to strengthen sport development in the participants’ jurisdictions, to promote the benefits of sport, to build partnerships, and to promote culture and values. The Games provide an opportunity for the developing athlete to compete in friendly competition while sharing cultural values from northern regions around the world. For more information on the Arctic Winter Games, visit their official website at http://arcticwintergames.org/.
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