Now that Estevan is one of the communities short-listed for the 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games, the local bid committee is preparing for a visit from the Saskatchewan Games Council's site selection committee.
The selection committee will be in Estevan on Thursday, November 7. They will visit different venues around the city during a five-hour whirlwind tour. It won't just be sports venues that they'll be touring, either; local bid committee co-chair Brian Smith said the selection committee will go to the games village at the Estevan Comprehensive School, the accommodations for visitors and officials, the cultural venues and the VIP spots.
Smith said he's confident that the local committee will be able to take the Summer Games representatives to all of the necessary venues in Estevan.
"My wife and I drove around town on Saturday (October 12) to time the distances between each of the venues," said Smith.
Some of the venues – such as Boundary Dam, the archery range and the Woodlawn Athletic Park's Dana Quewezance Memorial Field – are on the outskirts of Estevan, or outside of City limits.
He's also hopeful that the weather will cooperate.
"Obviously the grass could still be green at that time, or we could also have a foot of snow, and it could be slushy and a real mess," said Smith. "We're just going to have to prepare for that."
The local committee held a meeting on October 15 to discuss Summer Games delegation's visit.
Smith said they're encouraging local residents to show the committee how much the Energy City wants to host the games.
"We're hoping to have signs on businesses, and maybe some of the electronic signs that are around town," Smith said. "The more we make them feel welcome, the more that they will see that Estevan's behind our bid, and that we should get the Games."
Not only will the selection committee be looking for commitment from the community, but they want to see support from businesses, services groups and more. They'll also hope to see that the bid committee has the requisite expertise among its committee members, that it will have enough volunteers, and that the venues are sufficient.
They'll also want to know that the funding is in place so that the Games will be a financial success, Smith said.
Melfort, Humboldt and Swift Current are the short-listed communities; they will also receive visits in the same week as Estevan.
Smith said the committee was confident that Estevan would make the short-list.
"We have a lot of facilities already in place, and lots of good history around Estevan as far as hosting major events, and getting volunteers," he said.