Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Rupert comes up short in Gamestown competition

Despite the best efforts of some participants in Prince Rupert, this cities bid to win the province's Gamestown competition hasn't panned out gold, silver or bronze, nor it seems even a happy to be there.

There were 30 presentations posted on line on the Gamestown 2010 site, some a video production others simply a photo and biography display of a variety of activities in our community. From tributes to the All Native tournament, to a review of carpet bowling, the Earl Mah Aquatic Centre and the upcoming celebration of the city's centennial in song, there was a cross section of events and activities to spur on the interest.

In the end however, the votes it seems just weren't there, and the competition will continue on without Prince Rupert's further input in the province wide program designed to create community spirit and provide for upgrades to recreational facilities .

Ten cities however have made the cut in the competition, seeking the announcement as one of the final top three lucky winning communities.

Two communities each from five categories were selected in the elimination round by province wide computer voting, those candidates are now turned over to a panel of Gamestown 2010 celebrity judges who will narrow the ten down to the gold, silver and bronze winners.

Prizes to be awarded range from 100,000 to 50,000 and 25,000 dollars respectively, designed to be put towards a recreational or healthy living facility in the winning community.

The ten communities moving on in the competition include: Prince George, Houston, Princeton, Smithers, Quesnel, Salmon Arm, Dawson Creek, Kamloops, Kelowna and Coquitlam.

Prince Rupert which was entered in the 10 to 25,000 population category, finished out of the running giving way to Salmon Arm and Dawson Creek.

The final winners will be announced later in January.

Opinion 250-- P.G. In the Running For GamesTown 2010
Prince George Citizen-- Prince George in GamesTown top 10
Prince George Free Press-- Prince George in the running for Gamestown title
Interior News-- Smithers in top ten for GamesTown 2010

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