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1 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB Prepare yourself for the future….

2 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB A new facility for the future Proposal to the Provincial and Federal Governments for a multi-use facility. A new facility to be built in/near Lethbridge. Addresses the need for development of amateur and recreational athletes from Southern Alberta and Canada in “Flat Water” sports.

3 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB What are “FLAT WATER” sports? Rowing Canoeing Kayaking Paddling

4 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB Why Flat Water? and Why Lethbridge? Canada a traditional leader in Flat Water sports. Recent poor showing at Olympics and other World flat water events. Renewed interest in amateur sport from both Federal and Provincial Governments. Lack of local facilities. Local expertise in designing and building similar structures.

5 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB Canada a world leader in Flat Water sport Numerous World and Olympic medals in all Flat Water disciplines in the past. Canadian desire to regain past accolades. Current facilities and athletes concentrated outside Alberta. –National Training Centres in: Victoria, BC and London, ON. –Major Centres in: Vancouver, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, St. Catherines, Montreal, Halifax

6 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB “Local” facilities Lethbridge –Henderson Lake Lethbridge Area –Chin Lakes –Keho Lake –St. Mary’s Reservoir Other Local Rowing Centres –Glenmore Reservoir (Calgary) –Saskatchewan River (Regina)

7 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB Why can we not utilize local facilities? WIND! Other powered watercraft. Lack of proper terrain (size and shape of body of water) Distance. Lack of associated facilities.

8 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB Facility Design Patterned after Athens 2004 Olympic Flat Water venue. Design modifications to include: –Added use areas. –Enhanced wind protection. –Water storage and retention.

9 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB Design Features Similar to irrigation canal construction.

10 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB Facility Design Allowances made for many different sports, both recreational and competitive. –Rowing. –Canoeing (Traditional and Outrigger). –Kayaking (Racing and Flat Water Training). –Dragon Boat Racing. With extensions and allowances.... –Sailing. –White water Kayak Training. –Running, Walking. –Cycling.

11 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB Design Specifications Main Race Area: –6 racing 13.5m wide –2 maintenance 15m wide –5.0 m deep –2000m long race course –500m buffer zone at finish line Main Practice Area: –6 practice 13.5m wide –2 maintenance 5m wide –5.0 m deep –1000m long practice course Launch Area: – 200m wide – 5.0m deep – 1000m long

12 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB Design Specifications Simply said…. BIG! (3.5km x 1.5km est. size) A world-class facility for world class events. Will provide enormous physical, social, and economic benefits to Lethbridge for years.

13 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB Usage and Benefits For ages 10+. Handicapped accessible sport. Local Use by the following organizations: –University of Lethbridge. –Lethbridge Community College. –Lethbridge Secondary Schools. –Other Secondary School Systems. –General Populous (in the form of clubs). –Recreational Rowing and Canoeing. –Scouts Canada. –Summer Youth Programs.

14 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB More Usage and Benefits Exercise, and other health benefits. Non-traditional sport introduction. Use of facilities for Local, Regional, and National competitions: –Alberta Summer Games. –Alberta Seniors Summer Games. –Western Canada Summer Games. –Commonwealth Games.

15 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB Still More Usage and Benefits –Local games and Festivals: Lethbridge Rotary Dragon Boat Festival. –Southern Alberta Summer Games –Canadian Masters Rowing Championships. –Provincial Rowing Championships. –National Rowing Championships. –National Canoe and Kayak Championships. –Canadian Secondary School National Championships. Plus many other yet unnamed competitions.

16 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB Even More Usage and Benefits Local economy benefits through: –Construction. –Maintenance and Operation. –Water management. –Increased revenue to community from students due to more students choosing to attend local post secondary institutions in Lethbridge if they happen to have rowing/flat water programs.

17 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB More Usage and Benefits Tourism benefits: –Athletes –Athletes’ Families and Friends –Spectators. –Sponsors. Closed network of roads and paths. –Traditional street running events. –Cycling events. –Heath and Awareness Walks.

18 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB Where you come in…. Currently a proposal with Federal and Provincial Governments to conduct a study on the feasibility and costs associated with the facility. What is needed: –Local Enthusiasm! –Contact with Elected Officials, Local Sports Clubs, Provincial Sport Organizations, other interested organizations and people.

19 (c) 2004, M. Ridout, Lethbridge, AB Thank You With your help, this dream can become reality.


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