Destination St. John’s is pleased to announce that St. John’s will be the host city for the 2013 World Ball Hockey Championships. The bid was awarded this morning at the Delta Hotel in St. John’s as part of the Canadian Ball Hockey Championships which is taking place in the city now.
Keith Healey, CEO of Destination St. John’s says, “We were pleased to work closely with the local bid committee headed by Paul Barron to put together the winning proposal to host this major world tournament. Partnerships between local associations, venue operators and DSJ are proving to be a force to be reckoned with in attracting national and international events. Just as in the game itself, strong team work produces results in event attraction. “
The championships will be held in early June 2013 and will go on for 10 days. Venues in St. John’s, Mount Pearl and Torbay will be used for the games. It is anticipated that the event will attract almost 900 players, coaches and officials from 24 countries.
A nationally recognized Sport Tourism Economic impact Assessment Model (STEAM) developed by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance pegs the value of this tournament to the region at over $2M.
Paul Barron, local host committee chair added, “The Newfoundland & Labrador Ball Hockey Association is delighted to be the host of the 2013 ISBHF World Ball Hockey Championships. In 2008 we hosted the World Junior Ball Hockey Championships which was a tremendous success. Indeed we were told it was “the best organized Junior World Championship ever”. We have also hosted the Canadian Nationals six times. We look forward to building on these successes and making this the best world championship ever.”
For more information contact:
Keith Healey, CEO
Destination St. John’s