It was almost exactly one year ago that Belleville welcomed the world.
May 4th, 2016, saw the ball drop on the city’s first ever world championship.
Belleville and the Quinte region hosted the Under-19 Women’s World Floorball Championship.
Canada and 14 other countries descended upon the region, for up to two weeks, for the right to be called the world’s best.
The tournament, lead by local organizers, brought in over a million dollars to the local economy.
The team had a Belleville coach in Todd Crawford, a local GM in Brett Davis, and half a dozen women, who represented their country, finishing 2nd in Group B.
The tournament set several U-19 women’s world attendance records and brought a new sport to thousands.
No matter where the sport goes in this country, it will have started thanks to the Quinte region.