Sport Surrey Won Bid to Host Water Polo Canada’s 2016 National Championships

Bringing national level sporting events to Surrey, BC

Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre

Surrey Sports & Leisure Centre - Aquatic Operations

Guildford Aquatic Centre

Apr 21 - May 08, 2016

Highlights

  • Sport Surrey developed and won the bid to host the 2016 Water Polo National Championships
  • Home to world-class aquatic centres including FINA-standard Olympic size competition pools, Surrey was the perfect match
  • Sport Surrey worked with the city to secure accommodations at favourable rates and book transportation
  • Marketing efforts to promote the event were also developed
  • Sport Surrey advances in leading the Sport Tourism Industry by attracting national level events

In 2014 Sport Surrey developed the bid to host Water Polo Canada’s National Championships. The series of events would include several regional events and nationals over a 3-year period. Sport Surrey is committed to continuously developing and perfecting its Sport Tourism Strategy, recognizing the importance of generating economic benefits and the opportunities it holds towards sport development. With Surrey’s world-class aquatic centres including FINA-standard Olympic size competition pools, and strong relationships with the BC Water Polo community including working closely with the Pacific Storm and Fraser Valley Water Polo clubs, hosting national level aquatic competitions seemed to be the perfect fit.

In preparing for the bid, Sport Surrey reached out to accommodation providers for favourable rates and availability, while working with the City of Surrey’s Parks, Recreation & Cultures’ staff to secure facility availability. The plentiful accommodations available in Surrey are all short commutes from major sporting facilities, making it easy and efficient for all visitors. Sourced letters of support were also arranged from the City of Surrey and Water Polo BC.

After the City of Surrey was selected as the winner of the bid, Sport Surrey quickly arranged for meetings and site inspections with the event organizers, local clubs, and potential facility and accommodation sites. Sport Surrey assisted Water Polo Canada with sourcing transportation options for teams to ensure teams had a seamless travel experience. Awards ceremony requirements such as flags and podiums were also secured through working with the City of Surrey. To ensure appropriate marketing efforts were in place to generate excitement, support and attendance of the National Championships, events were promoted to local media and through the Tourism Surrey social media channels where a strong presence and active social following exists.

The 2016 Water Polo National Championship events took place near the end of April continuing on to the beginning of May. Sport Surrey was thrilled to host a national level sporting event. It was an opportunity to showcase Surrey’s world-class aquatic facilities to athletes from across the country, including the newly built Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre. It was also an opportunity to embrace the culture of athleticism and the community and spirit it carries. This was surely another event for Sport Surrey to add to the list, all in an on-going effort to advance the City of Surrey as a leader in the Sport Tourism industry.

 “Overall, we could not be more excited to work with such high-quality hosts to present bigger and better water polo events for these Championships,” commented Water Polo Canada’s Executive Director, Martin Goulet. The long-standing National League Championships are the flagship domestic events for water polo in Canada and bring together thousands of water polo athletes and coaches each year. Sport Surrey is proud to be a part of the all the aquatic action!