The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) PRESTIGE Awards annually recognize the best in the Canadian sport tourism industry and the national awards highlight the people, places and events that have great impact and success from across Canada. After a very successful season on Welland’s Waterway, the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation (WRCC) was excited to learn late last week they had in fact received not just one, but two CSTA nods and are nominated finalists in two categories at the 2014 PRESTIGE Awards.
The WRCC has been nominated for International Event of the Year with the hosting of the 2013 ICF Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships, Canoe Niagara 2013 and for Sport Organization of the Year as their work to expand community programming, volunteerism and impacts continues to deliver positive results.
The CSTA Sport Tourism Organization of the Year Award is presented by WestJet. This award reflects the organization that best influenced sport tourism in their community and successfully attracted a multitude of visitors with innovations that impacted community. The WRCC's commitment to volunteers and youth, as well as their successful delivery of multiple events are the cornerstones of their being a finalist.
The WRCC has also been chosen as a finalist in the category of CSTA International Sport Event of the Year presented by RTO4 (Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge-Guelph), and thus, the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation is being recognized as the City of Welland host of the ICF Junior and Under 23 Canoe Sprint World Championships. This award recognizes the impact and success of an international event, including the event’s broadcast reach, impact and professionalism.
With as many as forty-one (41) nominations and across seven (7) different categories, being selected as finalists in multiple categories is an incredible honour. The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance will announce the winners April 2nd, 2014. "The Welland Recreational Canal Corporation is honoured to be selected as a finalist and grateful to every volunteer, community supporter and staff member for their endless support and efforts. Being recognized on a national scale pays tribute to the passionate vision and dedication of many individuals in the community; the WRCC would like to thank the countless faces that allowed Welland to successfully host the world and allows for the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation to continue bringing Welland’s Waterway to life year after year, and bring a brighter future to the City of Welland," said Stephen Fischer, WRCC Executive Director.