The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) announced the recipients of the 2009 Prestige Awards at the 3rd Annual Prestige Gala Luncheon. The awards celebrate the people, places and events that make the Canadian sport tourism industry so dynamic and important to the economic fabric of our communities.
In conjunction with the CSTA’s 2009 Sport Events Congress, the event was hosted by master of ceremonies, Lorraine Lafreniere, in the presence of over 300 attendees from the sport and tourism communities. A record four President’s Awards, given annually to deserving recipients for past contributions to the CSTA and to the sport tourism industry itself as bestowed by the CSTA board of directors, were presented by CSTA President Janet Gates.
2009 Prestige Awards Recipients
CSTA Sport Event of the Year Award (budget under $250,000) presented by Edmonton Events International
– 2008 Olympic Trials/National Track and Field Championships – Windsor, ON
CSTA Sport Event of the Year Award (budget over $250,000) presented by Regina Hotel Association
-2008 IIHF World Hockey Championships (Men’s) – Quebec, QC & Halifax, NS
Pacrim Hospitality Services Inc. CSTA Industry Builder of the Year
– J. Wayne Long – Events Development Officer, City of Charlottetown – Charlottetown, PE
CSTA Community Service Award presented by Intercontinental Hotels Group
– George Arcand- Executive Director, Softball Yukon – Whitehorse, YT
CSTA New Sport Event of the Year Award
– 2008 World Canoe Polo Championships – Edmonton, AB
CSTA Presidents Award Recipients
The CSTA also presented four distinguished “President’s Awards” at the ceremony.
President’s Award for Leadership & Youth Engagement
– AthletesCan – 2008 Mitsubishi Motors AthletesCAN Forum featuring KidsCAN School Day – Mississauga, ON
President’s Award for Community Spirit & Originality
– Funtastic Sports Society -Funtastic Slo-Pitch Tournament and Lake City Casino Funtastic Music Festival – Vernon BC
President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement – Community, Cultural, & Economic Impact
– Cowichan Valley BC- 2008 North American Indigenous Games – Cowhichan, BC
President’s Award for Service to the CSTA
– Todd Brandt- President and CEO, Tourism Saskatoon – Saskatoon, SK