Challenge Penticton gets cash infusion

Penticton Triathlon Race Society receives $125,000 from B.C.'s community gaming grant program

The Penticton Triathlon Race Society is getting a boost of $125,000 thanks to B.C.’s community gaming grant program, announced by Premier Christy Clark Wednesday at the Penticton Chamber of Commerce. The funds will support the Challenge Penticton triathlon on Aug. 24, 2014.

Penticton mayor Garry Litke said it’s a good investment for the city, one which he guessed former mayor and Penticton MLA Dan Ashton had a lot to do with speaking on behalf of the city.

“It’s certainly welcome,” said Litke. “It certainly will help us get through this transitional period.”

“Challenge Penticton builds on a long history of iron-distance triathlon in this city,” said Ashton in a release. “Whether it’s the challenging triathlon or the numerous community events tied to it, this event has something for everyone. I encourage people of all ages to enjoy this year’s festivities.”

The grant is awarded under the sport category of the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming Grants are also awarded in the categories of Public Safety, Environment and Human and Social Services.

In the 2012/13 fiscal year, the B.C. government distributed a total of $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services.