Estevan has taken the next step in its quest to host the 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games: it has submitted the bid document.
Now the committee has to play the waiting game to find out if Estevan cracks the short list to host the games.
The bid document was handed over to the Saskatchewan Games Council on September 27, a few days before the September 30 deadline. Brian Smith, who chairs the local Summer Games committee with Brian Senchuk, is pleased with the document, which is about 110 pages long.
The bulk of the bid document is in a book form, but there are also binders with maps, letters of support, the diagram for the proposed new track-and-field facility and the plans for the athletes' village at the Estevan Comprehensive School.
“Everyone worked really, really hard, and with the help of everyone … we were able to put in a pretty good document,” said Smith. “It looks very professional. It’s not your usual run-of-the-mill submission, so hopefully that’ll give us a little head start on some of the other cities.”
About 30 people, with both members of the bid committee and people from the community, were involved in piecing together the bid document.
Several other communities from across the province are vying for the Games. Swift Current, Humboldt and Melfort have received the green light from their respective city councils to bid for the games. Nipawin and the Battlefords have expressed an interest
Smith said they’re facing stiff competition from those communities.
A short-list is likely to be announced soon, Smith said; the communities on that short-list will then receive a visit from the site selection committee.
Smith said the local bid committee will likely have a meeting in early October to discuss how they can impress the bid committee.
“We’re going to want a lot of support from City Council, and from the business community, and from the school as well,” said Smith. “We’re throwing some ideas right now on how to put a good face on for these people.”
And if Estevan is one of the finalists, Smith hopes that there will be a lot of signs in the community welcoming the bid committee to Estevan.