City of Brantford & County of Brant Nominated for a National Tourism Award!

The finalists have been named for the 2018 Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) PRESTIGE Awards, which recognizes sport tourism events, organizations, volunteers and leaders in seven different categories.  Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance logoWe are pleased to announce that the 2017 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games jointly hosted by the City of Brantford and County of Brant is a finalist in the category ‘Sport Event of the Year (Event Budget Less than $1M).

The PRESTIGE (Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games & Events) Awards are now into their 12th year honouring exceptional events, people and organizations in the Sport Tourism industry.

Saskatoon Sport Tourism will announce recipients on Thursday, March 8, during the 12thluncheon-en Annual PRESTIGE Awards Gala Luncheon at the CSTA’s annual Sport Events Congress at the Halifax Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The awards ceremony is emceed by CBC’s broadcast journalist Colleen Jones.

Brantford and the County of Brant co-hosted the Ontario ParaSport Winter Games in February of 2017 and are honoured to be recognized as a finalist for this award.

“It was always our goal to deliver games focusing on high calibre competitions for Para Athletes.  Hosting the Ontario ParaSport Winter Games was infectious for our two communities” stated Donna Clements, Tourism Business Development Officer for the City of Brantford and ParaSport Games Co-Chair.  “From the Games Organizing Committee to the volunteers, staff and students involved, all were so excited to be part of such a wonderful event and it showed with everyone’s enthusiasm and compassion to make the Games the Best Games ever!”

The other finalists in the same category as the Brantford/Brant ParaSport Winter Games include; the 2017 World Junior A Hockey Challenge (Truro, Nova Scotia) and BMO NBA Courts Across Canada (Haida Gwaii, B.C., Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Brandon Manitoba, Kitchener Ontario, Quebec City Quebec, Dartmouth Nova Scotia and Moncton New Brunswick).

Brant Tourism Supervisor and 2017 ParaSport Games Co-Chair Russell Press is optimistic about the Brantford/Brant entry, “To be nationally recognized with these other great events for an award of this magnitude really does tie a nice bow on the 2017 ParaSport Games. Kathleen Wynne at the Paralympic Games If community cooperation, enthusiasm and passion are measureables for which event wins, we’re feeling pretty good about our chances.”

For a full list of award finalists please go to:


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