Winter games committee checks us out

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February 11, 2016 8:33 AM

Cheering Grade 2 and 3 students from Queen Elizabeth School welcomed the bid committee for the Saskatchewan Winter Games to Lloydminster Tuesday morning. The committee was given a tour of city facilities, which included places for competition and festivities, and they will make their decision next week.

Members of the 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games bid committee was in town to check us out, and it seems we made a good impression.
The Lloydminster Exhibition hosted the bid committee Tuesday, and showcased its food services and a possible venue for opening ceremonies and a VIP reception.
“The facilities are second to none for sure,” said Judy MacLeod Campbell, bid site selection committee member for the Saskatchewan Games Council.
“This isn’t (Lloydminster’s) first rodeo — the experience is showing.”
Lloydminster is competing against North Battleford-Battleford for the right to host the Winter Games in 2018.
The decision is expected to come quickly, as early as next week.
The main focus for the Saskatchewan Winter Games bid committee, more than venues and all the window dressing on a bid package, is an athlete focused event, centred around the experience individual athletes will have.
Lucky for Lloydminster, there’s plenty of experience in hosting large sporting events and how to make sure athletes walk away with great memories and have a fantastic experience while they competed.
“Everything planned as far as transportation to food to each of the sports competition, we want it to be focused on the athletes,” said MacLeod Campbell.
“We’re looking at their care, their comfort, the collaboration in the community with all the different groups coming in and then the competition being extremely important, too.”
MacLeod Campbell said the Border City has plenty to offer as a venue for the games.
“Certainly having the infrastructure that (Lloydminster) has — both human and amenities — is huge,” she said.
The tour of Lloydminster included a stop at Lakeland College for a look at possible accommodations, the medical clinic, security and a site for the games ‘village.
Lakeland was used as the games village in 2008 when Lloydminster hosted the Saskatchewan Summer Games.
Other stops included the Lloydminster Leisure Centre to be used for synchronized swimming, both high school gymnasiums for wrestling and table tennis, the Servus Sports Centre field houses and ice rinks for judo, speeding skating, weightlifting, badminton, gymnastics and hockey, the Civic Centre for figure skating, and the Lloydminster Golf and Curling Centre, which could be used for curling and possible cross country skiing.
Out of town locations included the Lloydminster Fish and Game Association building to be used for biathlon and target shooting and the Lashburn Bowling Alley.
The selection committee uses a scoring tool to keep its selection objective when comparing bidding cities against each other.
Selections can become subjective when tour visits happen, but MacLeod Campbell said they do their best to make a decision that’s in the athletes’ best interest.
“You can relate it to customer service — what is their experience going to be about,” said MacLeod Campbell.
“It’s going to be about competition for sure, but it’s also about the food, how they got around, how they were treated — how they were treated is what you remember the most.”
The successful communty’s mayor will get a confidential call to inform him about a winning bid, followed by a conference call with both committees Feb. 17.

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