You Said It: Leaders talk about legacies


“It’s a terrific opportunity to recognize the significant economic, social and sport development benefits that sport tourism delivers to host communities.”
– Rick Traer, CEO, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance

“Sport brings so many key elements to add enjoyment and well-being to a balanced life. It’s about fitness, friendship, family, hard work, light work, excellence and celebration.”
– Ahmed El-Awadi, CEO, Swimming Canada

“I hope one legacy from this initiative is to increase youth participation and excitement across the country, activating pride and passion in all sorts of ways for children to either enhance their involvement or to simply decide to get involved in sport their own way.”
– Greg Stremlaw, CEO, Canadian Curling Association, and chair, Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance

“We hope the legacy of the Year of Sport will be… the development of a new level of engagement and awareness of the role sport plays in this country.”
– Tom Quinn, chair, Canada Games Council

“The Year of Sport provides us with an unprecedented platform to recognize and highlight the contributions made by Canadian coaches and the important role they play in sport.”
– Lorraine Lafrenière, CEO, Coaching Association of Canada

“With focused attention on the true power of sport to impact lives, we hope the Year of Sport helps spur continued growth in the number of athletes, coaches and volunteers who participate in, and benefit from, Special Olympics programs.”
– Sharon Bollenbach, CEO, Special Olympics Canada

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