Lloyd loses Winter Games bid


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February 23, 2016 10:51 AM

Lloydminster will have to look for another major sporting event to host in 2018, as its bid to host the 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games wasn’t successful, with the winning bid going to the City of North Battleford.
“Not getting a bid is really disappointing,” said Katlin Ducherer of the Lloydminster Economic Development Corporation.
“There’s a lot of work that goes into it.”
It’s the third time North Battleford will play host to Saskatchewan’s best athletes, as it hosted the first Saskatchewan Winter Games back in 1974, and hosted the Saskatchewan Summer Games in 1984, making it 34 years between games for the small west central city.
Ducherer said the Games committee told her it was one of the hardest decisions they’ve had to make to date “that made us feel good.”
Ducherer said the deciding factors were facilities and the need to travel.
“One was having to travel to Table Mountain for skiing and snowboarding and then traveling to the bowling alley in Lashburn which is a very small facility,” she said
Border Bowl closed its doors in Lloydminster last May, which went against Lloyd’s bid.
“The Saskatchewan Games Council views North Battleford as an ideal community to host the Saskatchewan Winter Games,” said Julie Brandt, Saskatchewan Games Council chairperson.
For Lloydminster, it’s a disappointing result to say the least, as the city facilities that would be available to use were called second to none by games council representatives, and Lloydminster has developed a reputation as of late for hosting major sporting events and being able to recruit hundreds of volunteers.
Along with three Allen Cups, Lloydminster has also hosted Hockey Day in Canada, provincial softball and baseball tournaments, national volleyball at Lakeland College and will host the RBC Cup this year and the 2017 U18 and Senior A National Softball Championships.
The Saskatchewan Winter Games in 2018 will bring 2,000 athletes to North Battleford and require up to 1,500 volunteers for the tentatively schedule four-day games.

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