Quinte West is getting behind an initiative to host a provincial broomball championship with the aim of attracting an even bigger event.
At Monday night’s council meeting, Doug Galt of the Federation Broomball Association of Ontario and retired member Dave Emmons asked for a letter of support in their bid to host the 2018 broomball senior provincial championship at the Duncan McDonald Community Gardens from March 23 to 25 next year.
The provincial tournament will bring in 55 teams with 1,200 athletes aged 18 to 65 to the municipality.
Galt who is the federation’s Referee-in-Chief of Ontario and Cental Eastern Ontario told council the championship will be an economic driver for the City.
At the end of the month, Galt will present the letter of support along with booked ice time to the Federation Broomball Association of Ontario at its annual general meeting to show they are prepared to host the championship.
He said in 2020 they will make a bid for the national championships but first they need to prove they can host a tournament of this magnitude.
Galt added the intent is also to start a junior league for kids aged five to 18. If they win the bid to host the provincial championship, Galt said they will give out 1,000 free tickets to students in the community as well.