A major sports event will not be coming to the North Okanagan.
Vernon’s bid for the Canadian Native Fastball Championships has lost out to Invermere, which will host the national event from Aug. 3 to 5, 2012.
“We are very disappointed that the rest of the Canadian nations will not be able to come and experience the sunny Okanagan and everything that the Okanagan has to offer,” said Glenda Louis, with the Field of Dreams women’s fastball team, which initiated the local bid.
“But at the same time, we are very excited that this great sporting event will take place in B.C.”
The 2012 championships is designated for B.C. and also pursuing hosting rights was Prince George.
The event involves 1,100 male and female athletes over the age of 17, and it draws about 5,000 people.
Louis says a lot of planning and work went into Vernon’s bid proposal.
“We would like to thank the Canadian Native Fastball Association board for the consideration of our bid which could have brought great financial benefits to Vernon,” she said.
“We also wish the best to all the 60 teams that will be participating in next year’s championship which includes our very own Field of Dreams,” said Louis.
This year’s tournament was in Winnipeg, Man.