2008 Recipients

Greater St. Catharines Niagara Accommodation Partners
2008 CSTA Sport Event of the Year Award
(budget under $250,000)

The 2007 RBC Canadian Track & Field Championships, Windsor, Ontario 
Taking place in Windsor, Ontario, this competition is the first fully integrated Canadian Track and Field Championships which includes both able-bodied athletes and athletes with a disability.   Held from July 12th to 15th, 2007 this event was a "big feel" competition that provided a great experience for the 600 athletes, over 6000 spectators, as well as for those who watched the championships on CBC Sports Saturday.   Up until 2007, able-bodied athletes and athletes with a disability had separate championships. The 2007 RBC Canadian Track & Field Championships in Windsor merged them into one competition, allowing both able-bodied athletes and athletes with a disability to be showcased at the same level in one big event. Canada is only the second country to have a fully integrated Championship, and one of the first sports in Canada to do so. Almost 200 individual events were held, run by a highly motivated, well trained team of volunteers most of whom are returning for the 2008 Championships which will also serve as the Olympic Trials.  


Pacrim Hospitality Services Inc. 
2008 CSTA Industry Builder Award

Rick Antonson, President & CEO, Tourism Vancouver, is recognized as an industry leader of Best Practices through the development of Canada's first full time, dedicated Sport Tourism department at a Convention & Visitors' Bureau a decade ago. Under Rick's leadership the practice of utilizing an economic assessment model to measure the hundreds of national and international sport tourism events that are attracted to Vancouver, was the precursor to what has now become the industry standard;   a standard which is advocated by the CSTA. Rick was the driver behind Tourism Vancouver's investment and support of the Vancouver 2010 Domestic Bid. As a strong advocate of industry involvement and volunteerism, Rick has never wavered in his support of Tourism Vancouver's investment in the CSTA through membership dues, congress sponsorship and Board and committee participation.

CSTA New Sport Event of the Year Award

Held on March 3rd, 2007 the Pentathlon des neiges du Lac-Beauport included cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, running and mountain biking.   These competitions were done solo or in tandem, team, family or corporate relays, ensuring that the there was something for each of the 352 participants who ranged in age from 7 to 70!   The Pentathlon des neiges du Lac-Beauport knew they could count on heir committed team of over 100 volunteers, which rose to the occasion beautifully, delivering an incredible trail despite the 35 centimeters of snow which fell the night before. Organizers have set an ambitious goal of becoming the biggest winter sporting event in Canada and are looking forward to the long-term development potential of this event with four days of activities already confirmed for 2008.    


InterContinental Hotels Group Canada
2008 CSTA Community Service Award

Moira Lassen of Whitehorse, Yukon has surpassed many obstacles in her pursuit of the inclusion of women in the sport of weightlifting and has inspired other women to actively participate in their communities' sporting organizations. She works tirelessly to improve sport by involving youth and by continuing to educate coaches through clinics and seminars.   Moira is known for taking on any volunteer position for an event that promotes sport and her home territory of the Yukon and giving it 110% each time.   For athletes in the Yukon, she represents a role model, a mentor, a coach, a friend and a supporter.   Moira continues to be a driving force in attracting national and international events to the Yukon through excellent volunteer management, event planning, execution and promotional skills.  

Think Regina

Regina Hotel Association 
2008 CSTA Sport Event of the Year Award
(budget over $250,000)

The FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 (Victoria, Burnaby, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal) took place July 30th to July 22nd and set attendance records with 1,195,236 total spectators.   Noted as the largest on record for a single sport, sporting event, the total economic impact resulting from FIFA U-20 World Cup was $259M, generating $43.2M in taxes.   For those who did not have the great fortune of seeing the world's top competitors battle it out on-field, every match was covered by CBC Television which offered unprecedented domestic coverage. "It's gonna be huge" was the catch phrase for the FIFA-U-20 World Cup Canada 2007, and HUGE it was!   This three-week, 24 nation, 52-match event, held within six cities across Canada, took the country by storm!   As a World Championship, the objective of the event was "to host the largest,   single sport, sporting event ever to be held in Canada, as measured by total attendance"   Not only did the organizers of the tournament manage to accomplish that goal, but they surpassed many others along the way.   Of 52 matches, 31 were completely sold out.

2008 CSTA President's Award
Brantford, Tournament Capital of Ontario

Brantford, Ontario, a community that has been at the forefront of the development of the sport tourism industry in the province of Ontario.   Brantford was officially recognized as the "Tournament Capital of Ontario" on June 4, 1998 by the provincial legislature through a private members bill.   Since that time, this community of 80,000 has built its brand as one of the most recognizable within the sport tourism industry.   It has been recognized as a "best practice" by developing creative programs, resources and services that foster partnerships between the business and sports communities and by providing memorable experiences for visitors.   Brantford was one of the CSTA's 18 founding members in November, 2000.     It has a solid history of participating in the activities of the CSTA through the Board of Directors, various committees and has participated as a best practice presenter at two previous editions of Sport Events Congress.   Brantford has engaged its elected officials at the municipal, provincial and federal levels and excels in using its community assets in support of its activities.