City To Bid On Hosting Police-Fire Games
Windsor is putting its name in to host the 2022 Can-Am Police-Fire Games.
Sports Tourism Officer Samantha Magalas says, if selected, it's a great opportunity for the city with as many as 800 athletes and their families expected to attend. Magalas says it would cost Windsor close to $600,000 to host the games, but the economic impact is estimated between $5-million and $10-million.
She says Windsor has the facilities needed to host the 34 sports included in the games.
"Certainly we do have the facilities that are required within the bid. One of the benefits for us is that the facilities are actually all in close range to our hotels. So in other cities, for example, they might be travelling 30 to 40 minutes to get from the hotel to the facility. Here the travel is limited because all our facilities are in such close proximity."
She says there's a possibility for a lot of community collaboration as well.
"Participation between fire, police, we've been working closely with the university, with the college," says Magalas. "The whole community has really come forward with this, even some volunteers that have hosted other events. So it's been exciting that way."
City representatives are heading to Lake of Ozarks, Missouri on Monday, December 11, 2017, to make their bid presentation.
The committee for the games is expected to pick the winner later that day.
Windsor is up against Lethbridge, Alberta and Lubbock, Texas.