The Estevan 2016 Saskatchewan Summer Games committee has moved one step closer in their preparations towards hosting the games by signing a tri-party agreement on June 13 at Affinity Place.
As part of signing the agreement the Summer Games committee received $420, 000 to be used towards the games. The signing involved Mayor Roy Ludwig and Estevan City manager Amber Smale from the City, Estevan Summer Games Committee co-chair Brian Senchuk and Saskatchewan Games Council chair Larry Sauer.
“Even though it’s one of many, it’s probably one of the most important steps that we’ve taken,” said Senchuk.
The money comes from the provincial lottery system according to Provincial Games consultant Lorne Lasuita. He also said that the intent of the money is to be used to help operate the games.
“I think this committee is very ambitious and they’re very proactive and wanting to ensure that they leave a sport legacy within the community,” said Lasuita.
The primary goal of this tri-party agreement is to provide young athletes with an opportunity to compete at a venue that’s of a high standard.
Signing the tri-party agreement has an immediate impact on the city, because it’s $420,000 coming into the community, Senchuk said.
The money could be directed towards venues or the overall operations of the games, Senchuk said.
“Obviously we have to operate the games, so we will have to have separate budgets – one for capital projects and one for running of the games,” he said.
Mayor Roy Ludwig also believes that this agreement is a huge step for the games committee and the city.
“We’re very excited moving forward with this signing, and it’s just another step on our road to the 2016 Summer Games but it is a very important step now with this funding that’s in place,” he said.
The tri-party agreement is usually signed at both Saskatchewan Summer and Winter Games, so that the host city can operate the games to the best of its ability.
“It’s come up substantially over the last four or five games only because we’ve seen the demands of local communities and the work that they do,” said Lasutia.
The Summer Games Committee also is applying for a matching legacy grant which is for $250,000. The grant is intended to enhance capital projects and purchase major equipment, Lasuita said.
Senchuk believes that organizing and putting on a successful Saskatchewan Summer Games is important, and a big job as well.
“I don’t think I can concede of how big of a deal this is actually going to be, and it’s exciting to know that one day we’re going to be experiencing it,” said Senchuk.
Even though the money that the summer games committee received through the tri- party agreement is substantial to the games and will go long way, he said that they have sponsorship packages available for individuals and companies.
“Not only is it bringing the games, it’s bringing assets and its bringing an impact and legacy to the community, and we’re hoping that everybody can lend their hand in some way,” Senchuk said.