Quesnel’s city council has approved $3,000 in funding to aid Correlieu Secondary School (CSS) in its bid to host the North Central Zone Track and Field Championships.
Councillor Scott Elliot, who introduced the bill at a council meeting on April 24, says the funding, which will be used towards the purchase of a new throwing cage, fits with a city initiative to try and host more events.
“If you don’t have this equipment, it takes you out of the running for these major events,” he says.
“Every time you have these things, it helps the athletes but it’s all about the businesses.
“The hotels, the restaurants, it’s a multiplier effect that kicks in and benefits the whole city.”
The funding came from the Wildfire Relief Fund, which was established to help the city move forward after last year’s disaster, which cut into tourism dollars.
CSS athletic director Robert McGregor confirms the goal of $12,000 needed to purchase and build the new cage has been reached, and he is working with the school’s maintenance supervisor to get the cage built in time for the championships, which will be held May 15-16.