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X Games coming to Alberta

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  • Minister Ricardo Miranda meets with X Games athletes at the future site of a 14-storey ski jump on the Calgary Stampede grounds.

    From the Province of Alberta

    Action sport fans could experience the popular, high-energy X Games in Alberta

    Calgary has secured exclusive rights to host the X Games.  It would be the first time the event is in Canada.  The X Games would bring more than 200 international skiing and snowboarding athletes to Alberta for a four-day action sports, music and art festival.

    “We are thrilled to help bring the X Games to Canada for the first time. This is an important first step to secure this exciting international event. This would be a fantastic opportunity to create jobs and to show Alberta’s amazing athletes facilities, artists and culture to the world.”

    Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism

    The government has committed $13.5 million over the next three years to help bring the X Games to Calgary. Hosting the X Games would inject about $75 million into Alberta’s economy and support the equivalent of 540 jobs.

    “We’re excited to be taking this step towards hosting the first X Games on Canadian snow. It’s about bringing Calgary to a world stage. The economic spinoffs are significant, and support our plans for tourism and economic development.”

    Naheed Nenshi, mayor, City of Calgary

    “Our vision for Calgary is to bring the X Games to the masses through the action sport athletes and musical artists who create, live and inspire youth culture in Canada. With the incredible support of our sport, community, tourism and government partners, and of course, Canada’s athletes, we’re looking to create a city-stopping and uniquely Canadian annual event in Alberta.”

    Russell Reimer, president, Manifesto Sport Management

    “After 10 X Games and six medals, it would be a dream come true to have the opportunity to compete on home snow in Calgary on action sport’s biggest stage. The venues are ideal and I know the Canadian fans would go crazy for this kind of event in our backyard.”

    Spencer O’Brien, X Games gold medallist

    The X Games is an annual action sport, music and art festival produced and broadcast by ESPN. The first X Games was held in 1995 in Newport, R.I. and Mount Snow, VT. The first Winter X Games was held in 1997 in Big Bear Lake, CA. The X Games are broadcast to an estimated 500 million households in more than 200 countries and territories.

    Hosting the X Games aligns with a key priority of the Government of Alberta – growing and diversifying the province’s tourism industry by boosting visitation in the winter season and increasing sport participation opportunities for all Albertans.

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    High Level Fire Update

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  • From the Province of Alberta

    Update 1: Northwest Alberta wildfire (May 21 at 4:50 p.m.)

    Wildfire efforts continue near High Level in Mackenzie County. States of local emergency remain in effect, with residents under a mandatory evacuation order.

    Current situation

    • The Chuckegg Creek Wildfire is burning approximately five kilometres south of the Town of High Level within Mackenzie County.
    • This out-of-control wildfire is almost 80,000 hectares.
    • Alberta Wildfire, Alberta Emergency Management Agency and local authorities are cooperating in the response.
    • Alberta Wildfire has about 90 firefighters and staff on the ground, supported by 25 helicopters, air tankers, 10 structural protection units and heavy machinery.
    • Hot and dry conditions in northern Alberta are forecast to continue for the foreseeable future, with the fire danger expected to increase.
    • Evacuation orders are in place for the Town of High Level and parts of Mackenzie County south of High Level.
    • Dene Tha’ First Nation declared an evacuation order for Bushe River and Meander River. Chateh is under an evacuation alert, with high-risk individuals being evacuated.
    • Approximately 5,000 people have been evacuated.

    Registration centres

    • Registration centres are open at:
      • Slave Lake Legacy Centre (400 6 Avenue)
        • Hotels in Slave Lake are currently at capacity.
      • High Prairie Sports Palace (5409 49 Street)
      • Grande Prairie Regional College (10726 106 Avenue)
      • Peace River Misery Mountain Ski Hill (10408 89 Street)
      • La Crete Heritage Centre (25411 TWP RD 1060, south of La Crete)
    • Residents are asked to please check in with a registration centre, even if they are staying with family or friends, or finding alternate accommodations. You should also register with Red Cross online or by phone at 1-800-863-6582 to get help with urgent needs.

    Highway closures

    • Highway 35 remains closed between five kilometres and 30 kilometres south of High Level. Highway 697 La Crete Ferry is identified as a detour. La Crete Ferry is operational with wait times of approximately one hour.
    • Highway 58 from High Level to approximately 90 kilometres from the junction with Range Road 45A remains closed.

    Other information

    • High Level Court is closed. All scheduled Fort Vermilion matters will be heard in Peace River. Call 780-624-6256 if you’re unable to appear to register your name and phone number. Matters will be held by phone if necessary.
    • Alberta Health Services has issued a special air quality statement.

    Detailed information is available on emergency.alberta.ca, which is updated frequently.

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    Big weekend for Red Deer’s Parker Thompson

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  • Four Races and Four Podiums for Thompson in Busy Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend

    CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK – TORONTO, ONTARIO

    from Parker Thompson Racing:

    Parker Thompson boldly kicked off the new race season in Canada this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The 21-year-old competed in four races as part of two different series that joined the annual Victoria Day Speedfest weekend at the Toronto area racetrack. In those four races, Thompson earned four podiums. In the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC), he dominated the weekend, taking the Audi R8 LMS GT4 of Speedstar Motorsport to two overall victories. In the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, Thompson earned a 2nd and 3rd place finish in two tightly contested races. 

    The performance puts an exclamation mark on what has been a commanding start to Thompson’s 2019 season. Thompson has been racing south of the border since March when the Indy Pro 2000 season commenced in St. Petersburg, Florida. He joined Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA shortly after. Thompson is in contention for championship titles in those two series. After this weekend, he is set up to challenge for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada and CTCC championship titles as well. In this calendar year, Thompson has already raced 12 times within the four series. In those races, he has 10 podiums and 5 wins.Racing two series in one weekend presented a unique opportunity for Thompson.

    “I’m so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with two great teams in SCB Racing and Speedstar Motorsport. Sports GT racing is still very new to me. With some great people behind me though, we’ve managed some great results. We have a great chance to contend for two championships here in Canada. Speedstar Motorsport has proven great results in international series as well. I’m excited about future possibilities that exist with that team and their partners.” – Parker Thompson


    Canadian Touring Car Championship

    Driven by Thompson, the #1 Audi R8 LMS GT4 of Speedstar Motorsport and New Roads Automotive Group, dominated both CTCC races on the weekend. With future endeavors in other series on the horizon, Thompson and the team had a watchful eye on the SRO GT4 America’s races that also took place as part of the Victoria Day Speedfest weekend. Running cars identically classed to Thompson’s Audi R8, the GT4 America’s series features drivers from around the globe and participation from a variety of manufacturers.

    In the Speedstar Motorsport / New Roads Automotive Group Audi R8, Thompson marked a lap time that bested not only all CTCC competitors, but all GT4 America’s entrants as well. In fact, the 1:23.332 that Thompson posted is faster than any GT4 lap on recent record at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

    “We’re racing guys over in the SRO GT4 America’s paddock. We’re comparing and making sure we’re faster than all the manufacturers over there. The Speedstar Motorsport / New Road Automotive Group #1 Audi R8 was on rails all weekend long. It’s amazing to drive for this team. Thank you to everyone who came out from New Roads Automotive Group and Audi Uptown.” – Parker Thompson.


     

    Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada

    As expected of the popular one-make series, the opening races of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada were tightly contested. An incident in Saturday morning’s qualifying cut the session short, leaving multiple drivers unhappy with their starting positions for race one. Thompson would start in second position. Over the course of the race he applied good pressure on leader, Jeff Kingsley, but was not able to execute a pass. The two crossed the finish line with a comfortable margin over 3rd place Marco Cirone.

    The starting line-up for race two put Thompson in the fifth position. Intense battles with Marco Cirone, Jeff Kingsley, and Patrick Dussault saw Thompson make his way up to second position. Heavy rain would fall, ending the race before he had any chance to challenge for the lead. The excitement of Thompson’s dramatic performance was tempered somewhat post-race when he was penalized one position for making a pass outside of track limits. The final result was third place.

    After combining point totals for both races, Thompson holds second place in the overall championship standings, just one point behind race 2 winner Roman DeAngelis. The two drivers are also first in second in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA standings. Having shared the track for six races so far this year, Thompson and DeAngelis are demonstrating the tight competition that the GT3 Cup series is renowned for.

    Photo credit SCB Racing

    MAY 24 – 26, 2019 – INDY PRO 2000 Race 4 & 5 – Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis, IN
    JUN. 02 – 03, 2019 – CTCC Race 3 & 4 – Calabogie Motorsport Park – Ottawa,
    JUN. 08 – 09, 2019 – GT3 CUP CANADA & USA – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – Montreal

    About Parker Thompson

    Red Deer, Alberta native Parker Thompson is regarded as one of Canada’s premiere racing drivers. He started racing karts at age 8 and his natural talent and competitive drive quickly elevated him to international level competitions. By age 13 he was ranked 3rd in the world in Rotax Max karts. Now 21 years old, Parker continues his successful career racing on the Road to Indy, and in multiple sports car series.

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