PRINCE GEORGE – Two sporting competitions being held in Prince George are receiving $2,500 in combined funding from Hosting B.C., Prince George MLAs Mike Morris and Shirley Bond announced today.

“Sporting events are a great way to bring people together. They contribute to economic development,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “Both the skating and squash competitions will serve as exciting lead-ins to the 2015 Canada Games.”

“These grants help support organizations as they host events in our community,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “I am very proud of the organizers and volunteers that make events like this such a success. We look forward to showcasing our city and region to the athletes and visitors who will be spending time in Prince George.”

The Prince George Blizzard Speed Skating Club is receiving $1,500 to help it host the B.C. Team Selections for the 2015 Canada Winter Games and the Moose Cup in November.

The Prince George Squash Association is receiving $1,000 to help it host the Squash Test Event, in September.

Hosting B.C. funding helps support long-term athlete development plans for B.C.’s provincial sport organizations.

Across B.C., 37 events in 24 communities will share $152,250 in the latest round of Hosting B.C. grants, provided by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and administered by ViaSport, a provincial non-profit leader in promoting sport and physical activity for every British Columbian.

For more information about Hosting B.C., visit viasport.ca/hosting-bc-grant-program.