Mayor Clifford Lee announced today, along with Tennis PEI President, Nancy Connolly and Tennis PEI Technical Director, Brian Hall that the 2006 Atlantic Outdoor Junior Tennis Championships will be hosted in Charlottetown from July 16th-22nd. Tennis PEI also announced that MacLean Construction is the title sponsor of the Championships.
The week-long event will be hosted at the beautiful Victoria Park tennis courts and will feature 80 -100 of Atlantic Canada’s top tennis players ranging from 10-18 years of age. Participants are looking forward to the Charlottetown event, as the Victoria Park tennis courts are considered to be one of the premiere venues in the region.
Mayor Lee stated, “I am delighted that Charlottetown has been awarded the hosting-rights to the 2006 Atlantic Outdoor Junior Tennis Championships. Charlottetown is a strong and successful event-hosting destination. It’s the provincial sport organizations, volunteers and sponsors, their inspiration, and their spirit that ensures the success of these events. Our community takes great pride in providing a quality experience for competitors and fans alike with the staging events such as the Outdoor Tennis Championships.”
Nancy Connolly said, “It is always exciting to host the Atlantics. The best tennis players in Atlantic Canada will be here competing for national spots. Home court advantage is just that – your own courts and your own cheering section! This year is particularly exciting for the U-12 and U-14 players as they begin preparing for Canada Games 2009 which will be in P.E.I!”
“The Atlantic Junior Tennis Championships is the largest and most prestigious junior tennis event in Atlantic Canada,” said Brian Hall. “Victoria Park in Charlottetown, this years site, is the favorite in the Atlantics four-year rotation, with its park location, on the water, new club house and 6 courts in great condition, it would be hard to beat anywhere in Canada. This year with play scheduled daily between 12 noon and 7pm the high level of tennis will be available for spectators after work and there will still be courts available for public play in the morning and in the evening as tournament play finishes up.”
The City continually pursues opportunities with partners for Charlottetown to host regional, national and international sporting and cultural events. The City recognizes the value of the events sector and is placing high priority on major events to stimulate tourism, economic and community growth.
For additional information on the Championships visit www.peitennis.ca or contact Tennis PEI at 902.368.4589.
Wayne Long, Events Development Officer
Economic Development, Tourism & Special Events