Votes for Creston needed in Kraft challenge

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  • Thu Jul 7th, 2011 12:00pm
  • News

TSN’s SportsCentre is hitting the road for 10 cross-country location broadcasts this summer, and Creston has a chance to play host — all it takes to make it happen is a vote at www.kraftcelebrationtour.ca.

Voting takes place from 9 a.m. July 11-9 a.m. July 12, and pits the Creston and District Community Complex (CDCC) against Armstrong’s Hassan Memorial Arena to win the broadcast, as well as a $25,000 prize for the winning facility.

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for the community centre,” said Myrna Johnson, who helped put together Creston’s nomination package. “Also, I believe it’s a great way to promote Creston and the Kootenays to all of Canada.”

Johnson was working tirelessly this week, encouraging everyone she met in town to vote for Creston on Monday, and was pleased with the reaction she was getting.

“The community has great spirit and pride behind it, and they want us to succeed,” she said.

Ten cities will be chosen over the next two weeks, with voting between Creston and Armstrong kicking off the process. With a great population disparity between the two, supporters are pleased that voters don’t have to live only in the Creston Valley.

“So if you’ve got a relative in Tuktoyaktuk or St. John’s…” Johnson said.

The $25,000 prize would be a boon for the community complex, but the community spirit created by an event like this is also important.

“This community never ceases to amaze me — from the support towards the rebirth of the community complex, to the turnout at the Olympic celebrations in our parking lot, to the Spirit month in February and now our place in this Canadawide competition,” said CDCC recreation supervisor Neil Ostafichuk. “We are overwhelmed each day with multiple choices of negativity to tune into; to me, this spirit demonstrates the way the quiet majority really is thinking.”