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Wood Buffalo Sport Connection

Guiding Document

Fort McMurray & Wood Buffalo Sport Strategic Plan
(as presented to Council by Fort McMurray Tourism on April 12, 2016)

About the Wood Buffalo Sport Connection

Is a non-profit society dedicated to sport development in the Wood Buffalo Region. It was officially registered with Alberta Registries June 2017 and is aligned with the Fort McMurray & Wood Buffalo Region Sport Strategic Plan. Work completed to date followed a community engagement model that included the support of representatives of local sports organizations, facilities, community at large and more. Vision: To be a provincial leader in sport with a coordinated and adaptive system that promotes sport excellence and fosters opportunities for lifelong sport participation for all residents. Further – the Mission: To enhance “sport development” programs and accelerate “sport for development” outcomes with the Wood Buffalo Region.

On November 29, 2017, the Wood Buffalo Sport Connection (WBSC) held its inaugural AGM. In addition to enlisting member sport organizations, the membership elected the 2018 Board of Directors for the WBSC. As per the WBSC By-laws, the Board is comprised of a minimum of five (5) members of local sport organizations, one (1) representative of the facility operators in the region, one (1) individual citizen, one (1) sport tourism representative, and one (1) designate of the RMWB.

WBSC Representation Name Organization
Arena Field of Play Travis Galenzoski (3-yr Term) Fort McMurray Minor Hockey
CITT* Field of Play  Pat Dardis (2-yr Term) Wood Buffalo Cycling Club
Field Field of Play  Nick Malezis (2-yr Term)  Fort Mcmurray Youth Soccer
Aquatic Field of Play  Sheldon Germain (3-yr Term) Water Ski Wood Buffalo
Gymnasia Field of Play Vacant (1-yr Term)
At Large Bryce Horbachewski (3-yr Term) Fort McMurray Gentlemen's Hockey
At Large Irfan Bangash (2-yr Term) Fort McMurray Cricket Association
At Large Chris Reitz Ptarmigan Nordic Ski Club 
Facility Operator Vacant (1-yr Term)
Individual Kim Rizzi (2-yr Term) Suncor Energy
RMWB Monica Lance  Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo
Sport Tourism Frank Creasey Fort McMurray Tourism

*CITT refers to Course, Infield Track and Target Sports

We would sincerely like to thank all of the community leaders, sport representatives and volunteers that have done much of the heavy lifting over the past year. Your commitment, generosity and passion has been instrumental and is a key component of the ongoing legacy of sport development in the region.

To the newly elected Board members – thank you for coming on to be a part of transforming this organization from the solid foundation that has been laid by the founding board into the programs that will impact Sport Development in the Region.

For ongoing updates, membership information and to contact the Wood Buffalo Sport Connection, please visit the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/woodbuffalosportconnection) or email wbsportconnection@gmail.com.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Community Services Department is committed to assisting requesting groups and organizations through the community development model to form, develop and grow.

For questions related to Community Development, please contact Recreation and Culture at 780-743-7966 or recreationandculture@rmwb.ca.

Related Links

Sport Tourism Website

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