2010 Recipients

The following information lists the recipients from the 2010 CSTA PRESTIGE Awards.

2010 PRESTIGE Awards Recipients

CSTA Sport Event of the Year Award (budget under $250,000), presented by Edmonton Events International
Recipient -
 2009 CIS/CCA University Curling Championships (Montreal, QC)

This championship event served as the 2nd University Curling Championships in partnership with Canadian Interuniversity Sport and the Canadian Curling Association. It was held at the Royal Montreal Curling Club to celebrate their 200th anniversary as the oldest established sports club still active in North America. There were 24 teams representing 15 universities and 9 provinces.

This championship has helped fill a gap in the curling long-term athlete development model and will prove beneficial to the long range growth of not only high performance curling, but also participation at the grassroots level. 

CSTA Sport Event of the Year Award (budget over $250,000), presented by Destination Winnipeg
Recipient - 2009 World Police & Fire Games (Burnaby, BC)

The 2009 World Police & Fire Games was the largest Police and Fire Games in history with 10,599 law enforcement athletes (police, fire, customs & corrections) representing 56 countries and 64 sports. 

On a $10.5 million budget, in a challenged economy, 6 months before the Winter 
Olympics, the Games generated an economic impact of $84 million.  The event also served as a significant logistical test for Vancouver and the lower mainland of British Columbia.

Event highlights included inclusion of First Nations communities and local law enforcement groups, innovative environmental sustainability processes and social media communications.  Over 3000 volunteers donated 30+ hours of their time and talent. Funds were raised to benefit KidSport, The Burn Fund & The Law Enforcement Torch Run.

CSTA Industry Builder of the Year 
Recipient - Roger Smolnicky, City of Leduc Recreation (Leduc, AB)

Roger’s leadership ability and insight in the area of facility development is best exemplified by the newly opened Leduc Recreation Center.

This $50 million project was opened on time and $1 million under budget!  Roger’s expertise in developing collaborative approaches and the use of best practices from other multi-purpose facilities, has made the Leduc Recreation Center the envy of many communities throughout Alberta and across Canada.

Roger’s experience includes management position in the Alberta cities of Leduc, Jasper Olds, Hinton and Spruce Grove. He has significant current/previous executive experience including, but not limited to, the Alberta Parks and Recreation, Alberta Luge, Alberta Scuba Diving, 1995 Canada Games and the 1990 Alberta Senior Games. 

CSTA Community Service Award, presented by Intercontinental Hotels Group
Recipient - Joe Bloski (Saskatoon, SK)

Since 1969, Joe Bloski has been involved with a number of sport groups and sport events in Saskatoon. Joe’s involvement ranges from coaching to managing teams to leading bids committees and chairing or co-chairing international events.

In addition, Joe has been an integral part of the establishment and growth of Saskatoon Sports Tourism since 2000, actively serving on the Board of Directors consecutively during that time.

CSTA Sport Event Sponsor of the Year Award
Recipient - Bell Canada - 2009 Bell Capital Cup (Ottawa, ON)

The Bell Capital Cup is an annual atom and pee wee minor hockey tourney that features 500 teams, 8500 players and 25000 spectators from 6 countries. The 2009 tournament generated 15.5 million for the Ottawa economy and $251,000 was raised for minor hockey and local charities.

Bell Canada’s annual investment in this tournament allows not only the operation of the tournament, but also the addition of unique events (i.e. Friendly Games and Skills Competitions) which directly influence teams from around the world to attend. 

Serving as the title sponsor, Bell Canada continues to contribute a significant amount of resources, both human and financial, to ensure the event is world class and an unparalleled success.

CSTA President’s Award
Recipient - George Young (Huntsville, ON)

George Young is a member of the Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) board of directors and is currently one of three district and town councilors for the Town of Huntsville, Ontario. He is also the chair of economic development for Huntsville, serving in this position for the past seven years. He is a member of the District of Muskoka Planning and Economic Development Committee and a member of the board and executive of Muskoka Tourism, where he has adopted a positive forum for sports tourism.

George spent over 28 years working with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His broadcasting career led him to report on local, regional, national and international sports events, covering seven Olympic Games. In the mid 1980s, George was appointed as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Radio and Television Commission. He retired in 1994 and began his political career in 1998 after moving back to Huntsville.

George was the driving force behind the Huntsville event tourism program that began in 2005. This program was behind the winning bids for the inaugural Ontario Winter Paralympic Championship Games, the Muskoka 70.3 Ironman Triathlon, the Muskoka Triathlon, Canadian National Pond Hockey Championships, 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, 2010 Ontario Winter Youth Games plus several conventions and smaller events in the Huntsville and Lake of Bays areas.

CSTA President’s Award
Recipient - Dr. Robert D. Steadward O.C., LLD (Edmonton, AB)

Dr. Bob Steadward is the founder and honorary president of The Steadward Centre, a multi-disability fitness, research and lifestyle facility for people with disabilities at the University of Alberta. Bob was recently awarded the Olympic Order, the International Olympic Committee's highest honour.

For over forty years, Bob’s volunteer contributions have included posts in sport at all levels, from coach to administrator, from international to local, involving people with and without disability. They include the Commonwealth, Universiade, World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In 1989, Bob founded the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and served as its president until his retirement in 2001. He was a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and helped lead Edmonton’s successful bid for the 2001 World Championships in Athletics. He also served as a member of the board of directors for the Vancouver Bid Committee to host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. During this time he also served as a member of the board of governors for the 2005 World Masters Games in Edmonton, and as the agent and business manager for Olympic figure skating champions Jamie Sale and David Pelletier.