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Sport Calgary Commends Calgary’s Fifth-Place Ranking in Economist’s Annual Livability Index

For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sport Calgary Commends Calgary’s Fifth-Place Ranking in Economist’s Annual Livability Index

CALGARY, Alberta — Sport Calgary is pleased that Calgary retained its ranking as the fifth “most livable” city in the world, according to the Economist’s annual livability index.

“It is important to recognize that sport and sport infrastructure directly influence over half the ranking criteria for the Economist’s livability index,” said Murray Sigler, Sport Calgary CEO. “Calgary’s enlightened Civic Sport Policy and ongoing investments in sport infrastructure have helped create a modern, world-class city that promotes both physical and economic well-being.”

It is often forgotten that sport investment serves as an essential element of investment attraction and retention, and this is especially true in tough economic times. Not only does sport investment lead to healthy citizens, it also generates economic benefits.

Sport Calgary commends Calgary City Council and city administration for their commitment to progressive policies and to funding community sport infrastructure investments, as these decisions are critical for Calgary in retaining its place among the world’s top cities. Over 380,000 Calgarians are currently registered in sport with one of the more than 400 local sport organizations. Inclusive sport and wellness opportunities are vital to the quality of life for all Calgarians.

Thanks to the long-term vision of our city leadership, major new community facilities recently coming online include Shouldice Park, Calgary Tennis Centre, Remington YMCA and Great Plains. Work continues on Rocky Ridge and Seton community facilities, set to open in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Going forward, Council has an opportunity to help ensure Calgary retains its international livability ranking by addressing priorities such as an updated Civic Sport Policy, and capital investments such as an affordable multi-sport fieldhouse that is accessible to the public.

Investment in sport is essential for Calgarians, and important to Calgary’s continued success as a modern, livable city.

For further information, please contact David Benson, Director, Marketing & Communications, at 403.671.1789 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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About Sport Calgary

Sport Calgary is a volunteer non-profit society, representing sport in the city of Calgary. In 2017, Sport Calgary was designated as a Civic Partner of the City of Calgary. As an advocate of sport, we strive to assist, support and influence the growth of sport in Calgary by:

  • Playing a lead role in the implementation of the Calgary Civic Sport Policy, and ensuring it continues to create a vision for sport in Calgary from introductory to high performance levels.

  • Continually identifying and assessing the needs of the sport community and facility stakeholders.

  • Encouraging development and enhancement of appropriate facilities and the efficient utilization of current facilities.

  • Fostering collaboration within the sport community and coordination of resources amongst stakeholders to develop and enhance facilities.

  • Increasing the pro le of sport in Calgary, and advocating the values and bene ts of sport.

  • Facilitating education and training opportunities for athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, parents and volunteers.

  • Acting as a resource for sport organizations.

  • Encouraging the hosting of sport events and sport tourism in Calgary.

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