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Surrey Chosen as Canada's Bid City to Host World Championship

Softball player running for the ball with her glove.

February 19, 2013

Surrey – The Canadian Open Fastpitch Society and the City of Surrey have been chosen as the Canadian bid City for the 2016 International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship. This event would be the first world championship ever hosted in the City of Surrey, and the first fastpitch world championship ever to be held in B.C.

“We’re excited and well-prepared to host the softball world championship, as we have a long history of hosting successful large-scale sporting events in Surrey,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “This event would help us advance softball in our community, provide a unique opportunity to highlight our tremendous athletes, and provide significant economic benefits to Surrey.”

“If our bid is successful, it will bring some of the world’s top softball players to Surrey and help us continue to showcase our city as a leader in sport hosting and a preferred destination for local and international events,” says Councillor Linda Hepner, Chair of the Parks, Recreation & Sport Tourism Committee.

Surrey hosts annually the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship, the largest international softball tournament in Canada and the third largest in the world. The event brings 80-100 teams and 1,300 athletes to the city.

The bid will go forward to the International Softball Federation Congress scheduled for October, 2013 in Cartagena, Colombia. At that time, the full membership of the ISF will vote on the awarding of the host City.

On Monday, the City of Surrey unveiled a new Sport Tourism Strategy, designed to attract new sporting events to the City. For more information, please visit: http://www.surrey.ca/files/Sport_Tourism_Plan__web.pdf

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
604.375.4584