About

Spawned from the success of the 1994 Commonwealth Games, SportHost Victoria registered as a non profit society, March 12, 2001 and began its first year of researching, developing, and securing major national and international sport related events for the Greater Victoria region.

SportHost Victoria, a sport tourism partnership is a collection of key sport and tourism industry leaders located in the Greater Victoria region.

After the 1994 Games, the SportHost Victoria concept evolved as the sport community, the travel industry and recreational facility operators met to discuss the need for a sport tourism entity.

This community group created a partnership recognizing that:

  • Victoria is one of the best sport tourism destinations in the world;
  • Sport tourism has the potential to impact all ages;
  • Sport tourism will provide jobs for youth;
  • Sport participation develops a healthy lifestyle;
  • Sport tourism will deliver a positive economic impact on the community;
  • Sport tourism will assist development and upgrading of facilities and equipment;
  • Sport supports a better quality of life;
  • SportHost will provide an advocate for the development of regional sports events.

Vision: Represent the region of Greater Victoria as a Sport Tourism Destination.

Subsequent actions included the development of a membership prospectus, promotional collateral, and business relationships with national, provincial and local tourism and sport organizations.

Affiliated Associations include:

  • Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance
  • BC Sport Tourism Network
  • Tourism Victoria
  • University of Victoria
  • Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence
  • Camosun College
  • Langford Sport & Recreation Authority

Along with its community partners SportHost customers include:

  • Teams/ athletes, spectators, and supporters;
  • Sport Associations/ event owners;
  • Facility operators;
  • Local business owners and employees
  • Civic leaders
  • Suppliers
Sport tourism is the fastest growing segment of the tourism industry with approximately $3.6 billion in annual spending by domestic and international visitors.
SportHost Victoria as a non profit society is lead by the Partnership’s Board of Directors:
  • Chair – John Juricic
  • Marketing Chair – Trina Mouseau
  • Sport Development Committee – James Fry
  • Finance Chair – Joe Jansen
  • Executive Director – Hugh MacDonald

Past Chairs:

  • Greg Harney
  • Jim Lee
  • Tom Walker
  • Clint Hamilton
  • John MacMillan
  • Andrea Carey

Members at Large:

  • Grant Olson
  • Zack Andrus
  • Robert Bettauer
  • Dan Carling
  • Kelli-Ann Armstrong
  • Dan Brady
  • Claudio DiPiero,
  • John Wilson
  • Gareth Rees
  • Jeff Brehaut

For a complete list of members and link to their websites visit our Membership page