WinSport will be the benefactors of $6.8 million for improvements to their sliding track used for bobsled and luge — one of two in Canada.

Amarjeet Sohi, Alberta’s minister of infrastructure and communities, was on hand to make the announcement.

“By investing in the refurbishment of this track, we are helping continue this tradition and show that this facility can provide exciting community sports programs and elite training for years to come,” said Sohi.

The project consists of remodelling 360 metres of track and realigning the structure to better allow for the bobsled and luge tracks to better integrate.

The track’s cooling system will see improvements too in the form of sun shades and a modern refrigeration system.

WinSport CEO Barry Heck didn’t have a timeframe for when the improvements would be completed.

“We’re just working out the schedule, it’s an approximately six- to eight-month project,” said Heck.

“What we want to look at is the timing of when we start, so that ideally if we start right when the sliding season ended in a February or March timeframe, then we could get it done and operational so we don’t lose a season.”

Heck said that the improvements have nothing to do with the city’s bid for the 2026 Olympics, noting that if held today, the track would be able to be used for Olympic events.

“The track today could be used for the Olympics – it’s sanctioned so it’s used for World Cups and everything today,” said Heck.

“If the Olympics were held today, this track would work. [The improvements are] not being done in conjunction with the potential Olympics.”

Barry Heck, WinSport CEO and President (C) is joined by Bobsledder Helen Upperton (L) and Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities as Heck speaks during an infrastructure announcement at WinSport sliding track Friday, May 11, …read more

Source:: Calgary Herald


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