Invictus Team Canada coach Peter Lawless is part of a local committee looking to bid for the 2022 Invictus Games in Victoria. Saanich, Victoria and Langford have each received a request for $20,000 to help fund the bid. Oak Bay has already contributed $5,000 towards the bid — the amount asked of Esquimalt. Communities, however, have so far reacted differently to the request. (File photo)

Invictus Games bid seeks early funding from across Greater Victoria

Saanich looks to approve; Victoria and Langford yet to weigh in on $20,000 request

Municipalities across Greater Victoria are reacting differently to a funding request to bring the 2022 Invictus Games to the region.

Perhaps leading the way is Saanich, whose council will debate next week a notice of motion from Mayor Fred Haynes and Coun. Judy Brownoff to allocate up to $20,000 towards the bid.

Coun. Judy Brownoff said in a statement the bid aligns with municipal objectives. “Saanich aims to promote and increase the economic benefits related to hosting major sport, recreation and cultural events in our community,” she said. “Saanich has high-performance sport facilities that we can use to support local sport tourism and provide economic growth.”

RELATED: Invictus Games bid asks Saanich, Victoria and Langford for $20,000

RELATED: Victoria hopes to host 2022 Invictus Games

READ ALSO: Greater Victoria to host 2021 BC Senior Games

If Saanich appears poised towards supporting the bid, it is not clear whether the City of Victoria and the City of Langford will also contribute the same amount.

Keith Wells, executive director of the Greater Victoria Sport Tourism Commission, said Monday that those two municipalities will be asked for the same amount, adding that funding the application now does not commit the municipalities to funding the Games themselves, which would cost millions.

Bill Eisenhauer, head of engagement at the City of Victoria, said he could not comment on the figure because staff has yet to receive a formal request, adding that staff are informally aware of the efforts to bring the games to the region.

Black Press is still awaiting a response from the office of Langford Mayor Stew Young.

According to Wells, Esquimalt will be asked for $5,000 towards the bid, estimated to cost $70,000.

Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins said the request has been sent to staff for an “appropriate council discussion and decision.” She did not respond to follow up questions about her own views on the bid.

Oak Bay, on the other hand has already committed $5,000.

The deadline for the bid is March 29.

in the Invictus Games, created by Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and veterans associations compete across multiple sports. The name of the competition stems from a poem titled Invictus (Latin for unconquered) by English poet by William Ernest Henley in which the author (himself an amputee) celebrates physical and mental perseverance in the face of daunting odds.

Peter Lawless, president of the Invictus Victoria Sports Society, said in a letter to Saanich council that the region would be “uniquely positioned” to host the games because of its status as home of Royal Canadian Navy’s Pacific Fleet, and former site of the XV Commonwealth Games.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

wolfgang.depner@saanichnews.com

Just Posted

Fate of accused in Saanich couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

Brentwood Bay fruit stand plundered on first day of season

Leeanne and Jack Guthrie dismayed to find money and fruit stolen from roadside stand

Victoria woman accesses healing Burn Fund resources 45 years after injury

Stasi Manser was burned when she was five years old and now works as an adult burn survivor advocate

Island Health issues safer drug-use tips ahead of music festival season

Health authority aims to reduce overdose risks at festivals

VIDEO: Killer whale steals fisherman’s catch off North Coast

Fishing duel results in eager orca snagging salmon in Prince Rupert

POLL: Do you think the penalty should be increased for tossing a burning cigarette from a vehicle?

With grasslands and forests around Vancouver Island and across B.C. reaching tinder… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

PHOTOS: North Island home gutted in fire deemed ‘suspicious’

No injuries reported; firefighters prevented blaze from spreading

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

Vancouver Island woman assaulted after confronting thief

RCMP warn residents to call for police assistance

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Most Read