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Wood Buffalo Sport Connection

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

Sport Tourism Website

Successful sport development depends largely on effective partnerships and networking with a wide range of community groups, service providers, facility operators, national and provincial governing bodies, local authorities and volunteer groups.

It has been determined that there is a need for greater collaboration, engagement and communication between members of the sport community. Additionally there is a strong will to improve the current state of “sport development" programs and “sport for development" outcomes through a more community-driven and strategic approach.

Community stakeholders are developing the Wood Buffalo Sport Connection Society in alignment with the Wood Buffalo Sport Strategic Plan.

The 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.

The Mission

To enhance “sport development" programs and accelerate “sport for development" outcomes within the RMWB.
  • Sport Development: Non-profit sport, recreation activities, and high performance, physical literacy and/or active participation efforts operating within the Wood Buffalo region.
  • Sport for Development: Sport for the purpose of personal and physical development within the Wood Buffalo region.

Community stakeholders are developing the Wood Buffalo Sport Connection Society in alignment with the Wood Buffalo Sport Strategic Plan. They have made significant progress since February 2017 and have formed an interim board.

Position Name Organization
Chair Chris Reitz Ptarmigan Nordic Ski Club
Vice Chair Bryce Horbachewski Fort McMurray Gentleman's Hockey
Secretary Carla Young Young Aquatic Club
Treasurer Irfan Bangash Fort McMurray Cricket Association
Sport Tourism Representative Frank Creasey Fort McMurray Tourism
Member at Large Jonathan Lambert Keyano College
Member at Large Julie Hurd Alberta Sport Development Centre
Member at Large Kevin Breen Fort McMurray Minor Baseball
Member at Large Mark Chantaj Fort McMurray Swim Club
Member at Large Michael Marousek Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo
Member at Large Patrick Dardis Cycling
Member at Large Ron Sturgess Sr. Knights Football, Anzac Resident, Business Owner
Member at Large Tracey Tester Oilsands Curling Club
Member at Large Dan Briscoe Aurora Basketball
With Special Thanks for Their Input
Brandon Rose Fort McMurray Men's Slo Pitch League
Julie Inkster Norfort Gymnastics Club
Sandy Bowman Bowman's MMA
Terry Connors NAAA
Will Gibson Fort McMurray Youth Soccer

For inquires please email: or the Municipal Liaison assisting the WBSC - Julie Dolmont at 780-792-5969 or

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