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Regina to host international event with World Broomball Championship

Regina, SK (Sept. 27, 2016) – The Co-operators Centre arenas are going to be packed from Nov. 1 to 5 with broomball players from around the globe.

An estimated 1,100 athletes and coaches from 48 teams from Japan, Italy, Australia, Sweden, the United States, Canada, and others will be in Regina for the five-day 2016 World Broomball Championship.

“It is so exciting to have so many teams involved as the World Broomball Championship comes to Regina for the first time,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “It will be a thrill for our citizens to witness the best teams this unique sport has to offer from every corner of the globe.”

Broomball is played on a hockey rink with similar rules and strategies to hockey. However, players wear shoes with thick rubber/sponge soles, and nets are a foot wider and higher than a typical hockey net.

“Broomball is a sport with a seasoned great history on the Canadian prairies and we are excited to be welcoming athletes and other visitors from around the world to take in the 2016 World Broomball Championship event,” said President and CEO of Tourism Regina, John Lee. “With first-class venues, an outstanding organizing committee and a community renowned for its hospitality, visitors are sure to experience an unforgettable stay here in Regina.”

The World Broomball Championships occurs every two years, with the most recent World Championship taking place in Japan.

“We are thrilled to be bringing this International event to Regina.  We are inviting everyone of all ages to share in the excitement of the World Championships, learn more about Broomball, and take in all the action,” said Stacey Silzer, Saskatchewan Broomball Association Executive Director.

Opening ceremonies for the Championship will take place on Oct. 31, with games beginning Nov. 1 and running all day across six rinks.

Tickets for the event will be available on location at the Co-operators Centre, as well as at the Saskatchewan Broomball Association office at 2205 Victoria Avenue.

The Championship is still in need of volunteers to help make this event a success. To sign up, visit here.

For more information, click here.

For more information or media interviews contact:

Stacey Silzer
Executive Director
Saskatchewan Broomball Association
P: 306-780-9215
E: saskbroomball@sasktel.net

Sarah Stone
Manager, Destination Marketing
Economic Development Regina Inc.| Tourism Regina
P: 306-789-5099 ext. 236
E: sstone@economicdevelopmentregina.com

About the Saskatchewan Broomball Association

The Saskatchewan Broomball Association (SBA) is a Provincial Sport Organization that provides leadership and guidance to develop and promote the sport of Broomball at all skill levels. SBA represents an amateur recreational sport that establishes a unique competitive environment with athletes experiencing respect, fun, fitness, and life-long social relationships.

About Tourism Regina

Tourism Regina, an industry sector of Economic Development Regina Inc. (EDR), is the official destination marketing organization representing Regina and region. It works in collaboration with the Regina region’s tourism sector and industry partners to promote and enhance Regina as a destination experience. Tourism attracts visitors and residents to explore Regina’s leisure, business and special event tourism, which account for $386 million of the regional economy.

Tourism Regina and the Regina Hotel Association have partnered together to position Regina as a premier destination for events of all kinds. The partnership has been instrumental in bidding on and securing major events for the city including the Juno Awards, BMO Skate Canada Challenge, Canadian Gymnastics Championships, Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championships, Ford World Men’s Curling Championships, and many more.