Truro is stepping up to the big leagues as the local rec centre grabs recognition and a nomination for a national sports award.
Matt Moore, general manager of the Rath-Eastlink Community Centre, was named Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance’s Sport Tourism Rising Star for his work and contributions to the sport tourism industry.
“The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance is the greatest national representation of this industry in my mind, so to see some recognition from them was a privilege,” said Moore.
“I certainly don’t want to take all the credit, as I think we’ve been lucky to work with some incredible teams over the last year, the team here certainly being one of them.”
Moore, along with four other recipients, will be honoured at the 12th annual PRESTIGE Awards which will be held at the new Halifax Convention Centre on March 8.
Also being recognized at the awards is the 2017 World Junior A Challenge, which was held in Truro in December and saw six international junior A hockey teams compete for the gold medal at the RECC.
The event has helped put Truro on the map as an event destination, and is nominated for the CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award.
“It’s been quite a whirlwind, and to be honest we haven’t had all that much time to sit down and reflect on it,” said Moore about the event.
“To see it got the attention of the CSTA and to be recognized in that category as a nominee is excellent. I’m sure there is steep competition across the country in that category.”
Also nominated for the award is the 2017 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games held in Brantford, Ont., and the BMO NBA Courts Across Canada, which was held in multiple basketball courts, including one in Dartmouth.
“The nomination certainly adds to the portfolio and resumé of the new Events Truro-Colchester committee,” said Moore.
“Obviously we hope the event created a long-term relationship with Hockey Canada, so from the sport perspective we would love to see other opportunities come our way. In our committee though, we have discussions with different event rights holders and explore not only what the RECC has to offer, but the region as a whole.”
So, what does the nomination mean for future events in Truro and Colchester County?
“I think the sky’s the limit,” said Moore.
“We’re looking at anything from arts and entertainment to sports and conferencing.”