Prince George Hosts Junior National Short Track Skating Championship

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The 2006 Canadian Junior Short Track Championship for speed skaters was supported with $10,000 from Hosting BC. The 96 athletes came from five Canadian provinces, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon, and ranged in age from 14-19. Prince George was the host community with speed skating clubs in Mackenzie, Vanderhoof and Fort St. James contributing officials, equipment and some of the more than 150 volunteers at the event.

The event's estimated direct economic benefit to the city was $250,000. In addition, there was a financial legacy from the tournament allowing special funding for an elementary school skating skills program; support for the Northern Regional Training Centre for Speed Skating serving athletes aged 12-18; and purchase of electronic photo finish equipment and upgrading of safety mats to international standards that increase opportunities to host high level competitions.

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