Celebratory Spirit Engulfs Caledonia Nordic Ski Club as 2024 Para Biathlon World Championships & Para Nordic World Cup Finals Reach Six-Month Out Milestone Bringing two worlds together!
PRINCE GEORGE, BC – The much-anticipated Six-Month Out Milestone Celebration at the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club was a gathering that offered attendees both the acknowledgment of dedicated Funders and Sponsors and exciting previews of what’s to come in March 2024. The event was electrified with anticipation and community spirit, highlighting the meticulous preparation and readiness for these international events set to captivate audiences in a few months.
Recap of the Event Highlights:
- Volunteer Kick-off: Many eager individuals joined the dynamic team of volunteers, signing up to contribute their efforts to ensure the success of these world events. Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the competitions.
- Acknowledgement of Confirmed Funding Partners & Sponsors: Kevin Pettersen thanked and celebrated the contributions of the confirmed Partners and Sponsors and noted that many sponsorship opportunities are still available.
Operational Funding Partners: City of Prince George, Province of BC and VIA Sport, Tourism Prince George, FIS, Sport Canada (ISSE) and Northern Development Initiative Trust
Capital Funding Partners: Caledonia Nordic Ski Club, BC Gaming and Northern Development Initiative Trust
Premier Sponsors: Coastal Gas Link/TC Energy and Canadian Tire
Showcase Sponsors: Telus, MEDIchair North BC, CP Communications and Papyrus
Northern Development Initiative Trust was also celebrated for their substantial cumulative contribution to Caledonia Nordic, with funding reaching an impressive milestone of $1,012,614 since 2013.
- Meet Our Mascot: Tourism Prince George’s Fraser the Moose was introduced as the 2024 Mascot amidst cheers and excitement, promising to be a vibrant symbol of the championships. •
- Cake…Lots of Cake!: Celebrations were topped off with a generous serving of cake, bringing smiles to everyone present.
“As we stand just six months away from welcoming the world’s elite para biathlon and para Nordic skiers to Prince George, the excitement and honour we feel are immeasurable. The world will witness the camaraderie and spirit of the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club and the entire city as we host world championships for the second time in five years. Our dedicated team, alongside our vibrant community, is eager to showcase Canadian talent and hospitality on the world stage. It will be a moment of pride seeing incredible athletes fiercely competing for a spot on the podium,” said Kevin Pettersen, Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, reiterating the pride and excitement filling the air.
Earlier in the week during the official FIS site visit, John Aalberg, Chief of Competitions, noted, “It’s a tremendous responsibility to oversee the seamless execution of events of this magnitude. As we transition from pre-planning to the execution phase, we are buoyed by the enthusiasm and support we witnessed today. With an estimated 20-25 nations participating, and a global audience of 1-2 million, we are gearing up to offer a spectacular event that the world will remember. We are particularly grateful to the 350-400 strong team of volunteers and officials who will come together for these events, which promises to be well-coordinated and successful.”
Looking forward, the teams are geared up to host an unforgettable championship and world cup, building upon the legacy of the 2019 World Para Nordic Ski Championships at the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club.
For more information, contact:
Kevin Pettersen Chair of the Local Organizing Committee
T: 250-564-0392 M: 250-640-6234
For sponsorship opportunities, contact:
Kevin Pettersen or Heidi Martel
To volunteer, contact:
Written by Caledonia Nordic Ski Club
We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the unceded territory of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation. We thank them for allowing us the opportunity to gather and celebrate on their ancestral lands.