Vancouver Hosts 2008 Canadian Interuniversity Sport Swimming Championships

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The 2008 Canadian Interuniversity Sport Swimming Championships received $15,000 from Hosting BC. The event attracted 250 athletes, aged 18-24, who came from nine provinces to compete in front of 2,000 spectators and an estimated webcast audience of 25,000. Seventy-five volunteers supported the event.

Organizers say the event was a catalyst to engage community swim clubs and inspire developing student athletes to pursue their sport. Direct economic and tourism benefits included 1,800 hotel room bookings and estimated visitor spending of $250,000 at an otherwise slow time of year. Volunteers and officials upgraded skills, including specific skill development for medical and physiotherapy students.

Hosting BC provides BC communities with funding to host national and international sport events. The program is supported by the Province of British Columbia.