HUBBARDS, NS, May 31, 2022 /CNW/ – When the world of sailing lands on the South Shore next August, the community will be ready to welcome, thanks to more than $2,198,000 in announced funding from all levels of government.
Thanks to the government’s investment, as well as more than $450,000 Under private sector sponsorship, critical infrastructure upgrades are already underway and the operational plan is in place.
Infrastructure projects include replacing and upgrading the wharf at Hubbards Community Waterfront, creating new boardwalks with accessible ramps, installing new floating docks to allow for increased capacity and a range of on-site ground improvements for parking and event activities. Hubbards Sailing Club and St. Margarets Sailing Club are also receiving upgrades before the start of sailing competition.
The Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), shared her enthusiasm for the lasting economic benefits of the project.
“Our government has a strong economic recovery plan, and tourism is a major part of it. Infrastructure improvements to the Hubbards Community Waterfront will make this wonderful event possible while having lasting positive impacts for residents and visitors for years to come.
His enthusiasm is shared by the Honorable Pat Dunn, Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage and Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs.
“The 2022 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Sailing Championships are an opportunity to showcase Nova Scotia’s unique natural beauty and renowned leadership in hosting events as we welcome guests from around the world. world,” said Minister Dunn. “As a province, we are proud to contribute $750,000 to support both the event and the infrastructure improvements that will benefit the community for years to come.”
The Halifax Regional Municipality and the District Municipality of Chester were also on hand to celebrate this event.
Beyond infrastructure changes and estimation $4.4 million of economic impact, this event represents an opportunity to celebrate high-level athletes and to inspire young people, who are the next generation of sailors, and to provide training opportunities for the national coaching team.
Host Society Co-Chairs, John Flemming and Bill Doan have been at the helm since the community launched the application process in 2019, which was confirmed in April 2021. The 2022 Sailing World Championships will feature three Olympic-class boats – the 49er open gender doubles, the women’s 49erFX doubles and the Nacra 17 mixed doubles.
“We plan to host 200 teams from all over the world,” says Angela ChisholmChief Executive of the 2022 World Sailing Championships. “With over 400 athletes arriving, along with their coaching support, and the many volunteers who are essential to helping us run this event, Hubbards will be an exciting place for this August.”
The main event will take place from August 31 to September 5but community members can expect to see teams training in the bay over the next few weeks and ahead of the event.
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For further information: For further information or media inquiries, please contact: Angela Chisholm, Managing Director, 2022 World Sailing Championships, [email protected]902-225-8295