Red Deer will host the 2019 Canada Winter Games after the Canada Games Council announced the successful host community this morning in Calgary.

“We are thrilled to be selected as the host of the 2019 Canada Winter Games,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Over the last month, Red Deerians demonstrated incredible community spirit and civic pride in support of our bid to host the games. I can confidently say Red Deer is ready. We are ready to host the Games. We are ready to host athletes and spectators from across the country. We are ready to showcase our city to all of Canada and leverage the momentum of the games to move Red Deer forward.”

Canada Games Council Chairman, Tom Quinn, and the Alberta Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation, Dr. Richard Starke, made the official announcement at the Canada Sports Hall of Fame at 11 a.m. this morning. Mayor Tara Veer and Lyn Radford, Chair of the Red Deer 2019 Canada Winter Games Bid committee, attended to hear the news.

“Today’s announcement marks the culmination of months of hard work on the part of the local bid committee, The City of Red Deer and all Red Deerians who volunteered, went online to show their support or came downtown on Rally Day wearing red,” said Radford. “I am proud to be a Red Deerian and proud to say Red Deer is the official host of the 2019 Canada Winter Games.”

The Canada Games is the world’s largest multi-sport event, and it is held every two years. In 2019, the event will bring more than 1,800 athletes from across our nation to compete in 19 sports, which include everything from synchronized swimming to alpine skiing and biathlon.

Red Deer was one of two communities who bid for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, with Lethbridge also participating in the bid process.

“We certainly had some tough competition in Lethbridge,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “This marks the third time an Alberta community will host the winter games, and it will give us a unique opportunity to showcase Red Deer across the country,” said Veer. “These games will shift Red Deer into our future and solidify our Provincial and National community profile.”

The bid process involved a technical review phase where information was provided to the Canada Games Council for evaluation. Red Deer submitted a final bid proposal in June, which was then scored by the Bid Evaluation Committee.

On August 22, 2014, the evaluation committee descended on Red Deer for their final site visit, receiving a warm welcome from thousands of Red Deerians who lined the streets to show their support to host the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

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