The 2009 Canada Games Host Society and the City of Charlottetown unveiled two new courts to the tennis facility located at Victoria Park, giving it the capability to host events like this week's Junior Atlantic Tennis Championship, and officially announced the partnership between the two parties.
The City of Charlottetown signed on as a gold-level sponsor of the 2009 Canada Games, and is contributing $350,000 to the cause, providing the level of support needed to stage a world-class event.
"The City of Charlottetown is incredibly proud to be a Gold sponsor of the 2009 Canada Games. We are equally as proud of our ability to support the valuable growth and development of our local youth, and youth from across the country," said Mayor Clifford Lee.
"Their experience during the Games will provide them with the opportunity to grow not only as athletes, but as future leaders of our community. The 2009 Canada Games will also leave a positive impact and legacies throughout the community during the Games and for years to come. We look forward to hosting the athletes, their families and fans of the Games this August."
Charlottetown plays host to seven different sporting events during the Games, including soccer, athletics, volleyball, diving and tennis, which takes place during Week One at the revamped Victoria Park Tennis Courts venue.
“Once again, the City of Charlottetown stands out among other major Maritime cities as a huge contributor to athlete-centred events that benefit youth, not only in the Maritimes, but across Canada,” said 2009 Canada Games President, Joseph Spriet. “We know that our visitors will come to love this city as much as we all do as they take in the sights and sounds of Canada's birthplace during the biggest sporting event our Province has ever hosted.”
Week Two's Athletes' Village will be located in the city at UPEI and the Host Society expects to feed, house, and entertain more than 2200 participants during that stretch.
“The City of Charlottetown is an absolutely essential sponsor for the 2009 Canada Games and we at the Host Society appreciate their generosity tremendously,” said Wayne Carew, Vice president of the Friends of the Games Division, 2009 Canada Games. “This will be a huge boost to tourism within the city and once our visitors get a taste of Charlottetown, I'm confident this won't be their last trip to this city.”