Speed skating events receive boost from province

The province is giving the Fort St. John Recreational & Speed Skating Club more than $5,100 to host a pair of prestigious events this winter.

The province announced the funding Friday as part of its Hosting BC grants program.

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The club is receiving $3,500 to host Canada Cup # 1/BC Long Track Team Selection for the 2019 Canada Winter Games Dec. 7 to 9, and $2,150 to host the BC Long Track Speed Skating Championship Jan. 19 and 20, 2019.

"Sports competitions provide great benefits for B.C. residents," Lisa Beare, minister of tourism, arts and culture, said in a news release.

"They promote athlete development, bring people together and help organizations gain expertise in hosting large events, which boost local economies. By investing in sport events, we are investing in the future of our communities."

A total of $175,650 in funding for 39 events in B.C. was announced Friday.

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