Saanich-hosted sports events earn B.C. funding

Victoria City Rowing Club, Victoria International Seven Society get $5K each to host events in Saanich this year

Two Saanich sport groups are set to receive financial assistance from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to host sporting events in the district this year.

The province announced $192,000 in funding for Hosting BC programs for 43 events in 33 communities around the province last Thursday (May 15) to support a range of events including volleyball, sailing, and taekwondo competitions.

Elk Lake-based Victoria City Rowing Club, which hosts the 2014 RCA National Rowing Championships, and Victoria International Sevens Society, hosting the Victoria International Sevens Rugby, were each awarded $5,000.

“Hosting BC events bring thousands of visitors to our province, generating revenue and jobs for B.C. families and inspiring British Columbians to get active. It’s a winning program that we’re proud of,” said Cathy Priestner Allinger, CEO of ViaSport, the organization administering the funds. “It’s thrilling to see a growing number of high-calibre sport events held across our province, each bringing a sense of excitement, camaraderie and pride into every host community.”

Hosting BC has invested $4.5 million since 2004 in sporting events in communities throughout the province, building B.C.’s reputation as a prime sport-hosting destination.

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