2011 Recipients

The following information lists the recipients from the 2011 CSTA PRESTIGE Awards.

2011 PRESTIGE Awards Recipients

CSTA Community Service Award presented by InterContinental Hotels Group Canada
Recipient: Larry Nelson (Moncton, NB)

An active leader and volunteer in the sport community, Larry served as the President of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the 2010 IAAF World Junior Athletic Championships. In a thirty month period, he was instrumental in the development and organization of the event and was directly responsible for the recruitment of management teams and boards.  He also acted as the lead in partnerships with federal and provincial governments and managed the sponsorship team.

Mr Nelson delivered quality results, built strong working relationships in the community, and delivered a successful world championship to the city of Moncton. The city is now recognized as the smallest city to ever host the IIAF World Junior Championship, the largest single sport event ever held in Atlantic Canada.

CSTA International Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Tourism Winnipeg
Recipient: 2010 IAAF World Junior Championship (Moncton, NB)

The 2010 IAAF World Junior Championship served as the largest international event in the history of Atlantic Canada and generated over $127.5 million in economic activity for the province. The organizers, assisted by over 3,000 volunteers, provided a world class event to 1,435 athletes and coaches from 163 countries while entertaining 750,000 spectators. Records for media coverage of the event were reached in 118 countries.

The event’s physical legacy is the construction of a new state-of-the-art multi-purpose stadium which will allow the region to stage future sport and community events that would otherwise be unobtainable. Furthermore, delivering the event within budget allowed organizers to make considerable financial contributions to sport development in Atlantic Canada.

CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award presented by Tourism Montreal
Recipient: 2010 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championship (London, ON)

Serving as the final selection factor in determining the 2010 Canadian Olympic team, the 2010 BMO Canadian Figure Skating Championship hosted the senior and junior/novice national championships, marking the first time this was done in same city at same time.

The championships generated an estimated $12 million in economic impact to the city of London and the province of Ontario. Legacies included developing volunteer expertise, economic impact, coach training/mentorship and officials’ development.  In particular, the core volunteer group are committed to hosting another major event in London, the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in 2013.

CSTA Collegiate Sport Event of the Year Award presented by City of Brantford
Recipient: 2010 CIS Men's Final 8 Basketball Championship (Ottawa, ON)

The 2010 CIS Final 8, hosted by Carleton University at Scotiabank Place, was the culmination of three years of hosting the Men’s Basketball Championship in Canada’s capital city.  All 10 games were played at Scotiabank Place, with four games broadcast on TSN and TSN2.

Generating over $5 million in economic activity, the event relied heavily on the organizing committee and over 200 volunteers to provide a first class national championship experience to 140 participants and 53,000 spectators. Attention to such details as top rate hotel accommodations, quality meals for athletes, seamless transportation plans and sponsor servicing has been recognized by the CIS by virtue of its commitment to return the CIS Final 8 to Ottawa in 2013 and 2014.

CSTA Sport Event Sponsor of the Year Award presented by Adup eventgraphics
Recipient: BHP Billiton (2010 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship)

BHP Billiton was the largest single event sponsor for the 2010 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship and was second only to the Government of Saskatchewan in terms of financial support. This support contributed significantly to the overall economic impact of the tournament, which generated an estimated $86.6 million in economic activity and had a net profit of $15.6 million.

BHP Billiton donated 1,200 tournament game tickets to students, parents and minor hockey associations in Saskatoon, Regina and East Central Saskatchewan. Acting as the title sponsor of three off-ice major events associated with the WJHC helped build interest, economic activity and community engagement leading up to the tournament. Staff donated their time as volunteers for the tournament and BHP Billiton also shared their ‘Zero Harm’ environmental policy to help enhance the event’s environmental practices.

CSTA President's Award Recipients

CSTA President’s Award
Recipient: 2010 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games (London, ON)

For one week, over 1400 athletes, coaches and mission staff were treated to an event that focused on their needs both on and off the field. One of the strengths of the Games was the engagement of a number of community partners, including London Tourism, the London Police Service, and the University of Western Ontario, who were all vital to the success of the games.

The lasting legacies of these games are numerous and include a team of 700 trained and experienced volunteers, an economic impact of $8 million for the City of London and a financial surplus that benefits Special Olympics Canada, Special Olympics Ontario and Special Olympics London. The event fostered a successful community partnership model, built awareness for Special Olympics, and provided a national games experience that will long be remembered as one of the best games in Special Olympics history.

CSTA President’s Award
Recipient: 2010 Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament (Brantford, ON)

The 2010 Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament broke the Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Street Hockey Tournament’.  Over 205 teams & 2,096 players played during a 3-day period, totalling 373 games, 31 hours of play in 11 indoor and outdoor rinks.

Drawing leadership from hometown hero Walter Gretzky, Kevin Smith and an organizing committee featuring 120 dedicated volunteers, helped the event to generate over $500,000 in economic impact to the province.  The event also raised needed funds for numerous charities, engaged new sponsors and community supporters and now serves as an example to all small communities in Canada that it is possible to create a local sport tourism event success.

CSTA President’s Award
Recipient: Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver / Whistler, BC)

Vancouver and Whistler welcomed the world in February and March 2010 to celebrate the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Games, along with the region's spectacular natural playground and its vibrant venues, put Vancouver in the spotlight as a premier sporting destination. It stands as Canada’s largest sport event in history and exceeded all expectations in capturing the interest and passion of Canadians across the country.

There were 5,500 Olympic athletes and officials, 1,350 Paralympic athletes and officials, and more than 80 countries that took part in the world’s most elite multi-sport event. With 1.85 million tickets sold and 10,000 media representatives providing coverage internationally, the Games touched every corner of the globe.

The organizing committee, provincial and federal governments, sponsors, and 25,000 volunteers successfully delivered a Games that wowed the Olympic community and forever changed Canada.