SURREY — The 2016 Women’s World Fastpitch Championships are set to be held in Surrey, making it the first world championship softball event for the city.
Following the 18-month development of Surrey’s bid for the illustrious contest, the International Softball Federation (ISF) awarded the bid to Surrey during the ISF congress in Cartagena, Colombia.
“We believe international sport competition brings with it the spirit of peace and friendship,” said Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts in a statement. “Additionally, securing an event of this magnitude is strongly aligned with our sport tourism strategy and economic action plan.”
The championships will bring the world’s best fastpitch athletes from more than 30 countries to Softball City and will require 400 volunteers.
For the past few years, the city has hosted the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship, showcasing Softball City and other local athletic parks as suitable locations for top athletic competition.
Coun. Tom Gill, who chairs the city’s finance committee, added in a statement, “We continue to look for ways to utilize Surrey’s world-class facilities to bring economic generation to our city. It’s incredibly important that the facilities we are building for the use of our residents are also being leveraged to host events of this scale, which bring significant investment into our city.
“The strategic investments made under the Build Surrey program allow the city to enter the world’s stage for sport hosting – winning this event is a springboard in making that vision a reality.”
The 10-day sporting event will tentatively be held between July 15 and 24, 2016, and is expected to coincide with the ninth annual Fusion Festival.
For more information about the 2016 Women’s World Championship event, visit canadianopenfastpitch.com.
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