In just a few weeks the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Alberta Canada will be history, and the eyes and hopes of athletes from participating nations will turn to the Kenai Peninsula, host for the 2006 Games.
The man who will be responsible for assuring that all 20 venues come off without a hitch, missing official or sports drink is Chris Hayes, the man chosen by the Host Society to be the Sports Manager for the 2006 Arctic Winter Games (AWG). Hayes was chosen after an extensive search effort by the Host Society that began last November and generated over 30 applications from the U.S. and Canada. "It was an outstanding group of applicants and Mr. Hayes was a great choice bringing an excellent background to this very important job," said Host Society Board President Dale Bagley.
A former Anchorage resident Hayes has a myriad of credits to his background including Director, Far West/ Region IV Boys Olympic Soccer Program, and Co-Director of NBC Basketball and Soccer International Tour Teams as well as being '96 AWG Venue Director for the games in Eagle River. "It will take a volume of local people having input to manage these 20 venues with a geographical spread from Homer to Alyeska, coordinating teams from Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and all the other nations to make each venue be a success and the 2006 Games the best in history," said Hayes.
The new Sports Manager has 20 years experience as a coach and also has a Masters degree in sports administration and coaching. "It's going to be very exciting getting together with the people down here on the Peninsula to meet this huge challenge of putting this together and having it come off as the most awesome experience any of us have ever had," added Hayes. Officially Hayes will begin his duties in June, but will be traveling with the Peninsula AWG delegation to Wood Buffalo, Alberta, Canada to observe all 20 sports venues.
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