THE City and District of North Vancouver are joining forces in a bid to co-host the 2018 B.C. Summer Games.
The two municipal councils voted Monday to submit a bid for the athletic event and to contribute up to $15,000 in cash and $16,700 in in-kind services if the North Shore communities win the chance to play host.
Speaking in support of the plan, district Coun. Roger Bassam praised the games as a community-building venture for the municipality.
"I recognize, as a long-time amateur athlete, the beauty of these games, and bringing everyone together in competitive sport is wonderful thing," he said. "This would be a huge boost for the local economy. Sports tourism is a very viable market, one that we should be going after."
This year's B.C. Summer games just wrapped in Surrey, bringing in 3,000 young athletes and coaches and another 3,000 volunteers. But winning the bid won't be a slam-dunk, noted district Mayor Richard Walton, as neither community has a 50-metre pool or a track suitable for the games.