Host committee gets passing grade
The host organizing committee for the 2014 Saskatchewan Winter Games wishes every weekend was like this past one.
On Friday, the Saskatchewan Games Council presented the host committee with a cheque for $125,000 to be used towards facility improvements leading up the Games and on the weekend the nine districts along with the various sport governing bodies gave a favourable impression of what is being done prior to the Feb. 16-22, 2014, extravaganza.
“Nothing spectacularly out of the ordinary happened,” said host committee chair Al Dyer after the large contingent of visitors had come for a pre-Games inspection. “It was a pretty calm, quiet weekend and that’s what we wanted to see. There weren’t a lot of questions.”
The rendezvous was organized so that all of the districts could get acquainted with what Prince Albert is going to be offering during the week of the Games. It also allowed for the sport governing bodies to inspect the venues and offer any suggestions or criticisms so that the athletes can have a memorable and safe experience.
“We also talked about the ‘what ifs’”, said Dyer. “Whether it is too hot or too cold what will we do. We’re lucky that only cross-country skiing, biathlon and alpine skiing are outside sports. These guys are used to the more extreme weather conditions.”
Other aspects of the Games were also discussed such as transportation, food services and scheduling.
“Everything is kind of impacted,” noted Dyer in reference to the fact that everything is dependent on the other. “They were really happy to see that there are more cultural events and not just for the public, but for the athletes as well.”
“You are always concerned when you have that many people in one building, but overall it was a good weekend,” added Dyer.
The 2014 Saskatchewan Winter Games will have hundreds of athletes competing in 16 different sports. More than a 1,000 volunteers are required to ensure the event is the most successful ever staged and that is the area that is being focused on right now.
There is a big need for volunteers during the Christmas season as the host committee is operating a merchandise kiosk in the Gateway Mall and this is when it is expected that a lot of souvenir supplies will be sold.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer for the Games can contact the office at 306-763-8899 or go the website at: www.saskgames.ca/winter and fill out a registration form on-line.