The Regina Optimist Baseball Association Inc. and Saskatchewan Baseball Association are pleased to announce that the 2015 and 2016 Baseball Canada 21U (Junior) National Championship Host has been awarded to Regina, Saskatchewan.President of Regina Optimist Baseball Association Inc., Rodney Palanuik, said, “Regina Optimist Baseball has been very successful in hosting many regional and provincial baseball tournaments of all descriptions thanks to the hard work of dedicated volunteers and valued sponsors that have made each event a tremendous success. We’re honored to be chosen to host this tournament in Regina and to promote baseball as one of the greatest sports to play and watch.”
Director General of Baseball Canada, Jim Baba, noted that “Regina has done a great job in the past hosting Canada Games Baseball and other National Championships and we look forward to having them host the 2015/16 Junior National Championships. After a few adjustments to our hosting requirements a few years ago, bidding to host our events has become extremely competitive and winning a bid to host is a testament to what Regina offers in baseball facilities, accommodations, local travel and as a hosting group.”
John Lee, President and CEO of Tourism Regina said, “We were very happy to work with Regina Optimist Baseball and the Regina Hotel Association to bring this prestigious event to Regina. Regina Optimist Baseball has celebrated over 50 years of dedication to the support of minor baseball in Regina and they will be ready to showcase Canada’s finest baseball talent. Regina has great momentum going into 2014 and events are a top priority.”
Tourism Regina, a division of Regina Regional Opportunities Commission (RROC), in partnership with Regina Hotel Association, works to position Regina as a premier destination for events of all kinds. They have been instrumental in securing major events for the city including the Juno Awards, BMO Skate Canada Challenge, Canadian Gymnastics Championships, Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championships, Ford World Men’s Curling Championships, and a long list of many more prominent events.
Executive Director of Baseball Saskatchewan, Mike Ramage, added that “Baseball Sask is very pleased to hear that Regina Optimist Baseball has been awarded the 2015 & 2016 Baseball Canada Junior Championships. The Regina Optimist Junior League has a strong tradition of developing many players over the years and I know they will put on a terrific show in hosting this prestigious event showcasing some of Canada’s best 21U players.”