It is widely recognized that sport events throughout British Columbia have the potential to bring direct or indirect economic, social and health benefits to their host communities. Unfortunately, the damage to the endurance market brought on by the global pandemic has left many local organizing committees on the precipice of being able to deliver events.
Triathlon BC recognizes the hardships race directors have faced in 2020, and understand the vital role that sport plays in developing community well being. The Event Support Grant was created to help the recovery of multisport across the province.
Using a tiered funding model, events representing Vancouver Island, the Kootenays, Squamish-Whistler and the Okanagan were recognized in the recovery Grant. The new initiative, spurred by the devastating impact of the global pandemic, supports locally sanctioned events as they prepare to return to hosting in 2021.
Congratulations to the following events that were successful in their Grant application:
- Kelowna Apple Triathlon, July 3 &4
- Gerick Wasa Triathlon, June 12 & 13
- Triathlon of Compassion, June 20
- Whistler X Triathlon, June 13
- Shoreline Tri-K Triathlon, May 30
“The Whistler X Triathlon is thrilled to receive the Event Support Grant from Triathlon BC, proclaimed Dale Tiessen, Race Director for the Whistler X. “2021 will continue to present challenges for events and we will routinely rely on the expertise and support of partners like Triathlon BC. Smaller community events such as ours operate on very small budgets – and as such, financial support will go along ways in helping us provide a great racing experience going in to the future.”
“Gerick Sports Wasa Lake Triathlon would like to thank Triathlon BC for the recovery grant awarded to the Wasa Triathlon,” a proud Barb Fode announced, Race Director for the Wasa Triathlon. “We are grateful to be a recipient of this grant, which will absolutely help offset the added expenses we will incur due to Covid safety protocols we will need to have in place to host a safe event in 2021. Thank you Triathlon BC for the support!”
“Whether it’s an event that draws thousands of competitors from across the globe, or it is a regional event that draws several dozen, sanctioned events play a central role in athlete development, said Allan Prazsky, Executive Director, Triathlon BC. “With the COVID-19 vaccine becoming widespread in 2021, we need to do our part to ensure these events can continue to offer the amazing experiences they’ve become known for, as we return to sport in 2021 and 2022 – the appetite among our participants is certainly there!”
Triathlon BC looks to continue working with municipalities, facilities, race directors and athletes in preparation for the 2021 season. View the growing list of pending 2021 race events HERE