PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release:
East Coast Games are Back!
2500 Athletes, 20 Sports, over $500K in Economic Impact!
Emera New Brunswick Returns as Presenting Sponsor
with $20,000 contribution
Saint John, NB March 21, 2019 – The East Coast Games, Atlantic Canada’s largest annual multi-sport games, are happening in Greater Saint John for a 5th consecutive year from June 21- 23, 2019. The last few year’s games saw record participation at over 2100 competitors and the 2019 Games are set to grow again. The Organizing Committee is expecting the three-day event to include 20 different sporting events attracting nearly 2500 athletes.
The Organizing Committee has also announced the continued support of Presenting Sponsor, Emera New Brunswick. “Emera New Brunswick’s support has been invaluable to us in the development of these Games,” says Event Co-Chair, Bill MacMackin. “We truly appreciate this support of sport in our region and Emera New Brunswick’s continued help.”
“We are thrilled with how the Games have grown since we started, especially in 2017 when we exceeded 2100 athletes. Over the five years, we’ve tripled in size. We’re on track to grow again in 2019 with the expansion of existing tournaments as well as the addition of new sports including fencing, and a mountain bike road race,” says Event Co-Chair, Keith Raynes. “It is exciting to see tournaments expand into the regional communities and the increase in participating sports. In the end it means that we are expanding the usage of the city fields and parks and having an increasing positive impact on the economy.”
Over the past three summers, almost 7000 athletes have descended on the fields and athletic centres around Saint John as a result of the East Coast Games and in 2019, the impact is growing.
“Sports tourism is big business for the city”, says Victoria Clarke, Executive Director of Discover Saint John. “With an estimated economic impact of over $500,000, hotels, restaurants, retailers and attractions will reap the benefits of the Games. It’s through the commitment and hard work of local volunteers that we continue to grow sports tourism in the city and drive economic growth in the tourism sector.”
The Organizing Committee is planning for the summer and posting new information to their website as tournament details become available with schedules to be released in the coming months. Be sure to mark your calendars for June 21-23, 2019 to see some exciting sporting events and talented athletes.
For more information, please visit our website www.eastcoastgames.ca.
East Coast Games Co-Chair, Keith Raynes – 506.333.3218
East Coast Games Co-Chair, Dave McPherson – 506-643-8197
East Coast Games Co-Chair, Bill MacMackin – 506-647-4931