Tuesday, May 5, 2009  
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Quote of the Week
“I have bookings well into 2010. Well into December of 2010. Even though they tell me there’s a recession going on.”
- Manager Dawn Rigby  
- on the Crowsnest Centre’s   
current outlook   


It’s the 40th anniversary of the Southern Alberta Summer Games, and the Crowsnest Pass is going all-out to make it one of the best Games ever hosted.
Taking lessons from the last time the community hosted the Games, in 2007, the municipality, organizers, and volunteers are all coming together to put on this four-day event that will showcase the best the Pass has to offer –– in sports, venues, culture, entertainment, and attractions.
“It’s definitely been a big undertaking to do the 40th anniversary,” says Amy Boeckner, Summer Games Coordinator. “Expectations are defnitely high. It’s a pretty big event, and will demonstrate what the Pass can do.”
Approximately 2000 participants are expected to take part in 40 different sporting and cultural events between July 8 and 11. With their families along, this will mean a large influx of people to the community, and the Games organizers hope to keep everyone here for the entire four days.
Free camping will be provided for participants, and free nightly entertainment will take place at the Isabelle Sellon School field in Blairmore. This will include live bands, opening and closing ceremonies, and a movie in the park.
In addition, a large brochure will be created that will include a full map of the community, directing people to all of the venues and to other local attractions. The goal, says Boeckner, is to keep people in the community for more than just their sport.
Summer Games Central will run at the Elks Hall in Blairmore throughout the Games, where local musicians and artists will
perform, booths will be manned by local attractions and non-profit groups, and the Food Bank will run a concession. The Sports Complex in Coleman will host a cultural piazza where local artisans can display their wares and host workshops.
Registration for events opens as of Tuesday, May 5, and everyone ages six and up is encouraged to participate in the events of their choice. Registration costs $10 and gets you into up to three events.
Events for this year’s Games include baseball, mini soccer, soccer, athletics, slo pitch, badminton, basketball, gymnastics, horseshoes, climbing, lacrosse, martial arts, tennis, beach volleyball, swimming, golf, photography, canoe/kayaking, cribbage, running, cycling, mountain biking, bowling, trapshooting, small bore, and handgun.
“We’ve got something for all different age groups,” says Boeckner.
She adds that they are also looking for volunteers for the different events, and for a chairperson for beach volleyball. All volunteers are entered into a draw for Keith Urban concert tickets in Calgary.
Once the snow melts, says Boeckner, the municipality will make sure all the facilities are in good shape. Grants will be accessed to help purchase any equipment that is lacking, equipment that the Pass will get to keep as a legacy of this event.
For more information on the Games or on volunteer opportunities, contact Boeckner at 403-563-8658 or visit southernalbertasummergames dot com.
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