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Kyle will greatly benefit from Kraft Celebration Tour win

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By Chris Jaster — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jaclyn Davis was running around her house hollering and jumping for joy while watching Sportscentre July 18.

Never in a million years did the Town of Kyle’s recreation director think the community had a chance to be one of the 10 winning Kraft Celebration Tour hosts, but that’s exactly what was announced that afternoon.

“We came in specifically from the lake to watch because I wanted to see it on TV,” said Davis. “I was pretty excited (when we won). I was absolutely shocked and honoured that we got picked in the first place to make it to the Top 20. To win was even better.”

The win over Meadow Lake in the head-to-head competition will have a huge impact on Kyle. In addition to receiving national exposure and hosting an episode of TSN’s Sportscentre, Kyle will receive $25,000 for its community centre.

The centre was opened in January 1985 and is the hub of the community during the winter. If people aren’t in the facility curling or playing hockey, they’re spending time volunteering in it.

There are, however, a few issues with the building that need to be addressed quickly. The Kyle Community Sports Centre has older water heaters and furnaces that need to be replaced. Upgrades are also needed to the washrooms and lighting.

Although all those renovations will cost more than the $25,000 that comes with the tour, Davis said the money will still go a long way for the centre, especially when combined with local funds.

“We’re very lucky here,” she said. “We do have some money that was set aside in a separate community fund that we are able to access, so that’s what we’re using to replace a lot of our doors this fall. This is a lot of extra stuff that I thought doesn’t hurt to try and we were able to win it.

“It will definitely help out, that’s for sure.”

As well as the funding, Kyle will receive a lot of national exposure. The country has already been made aware of the community of 425 people thanks to it making the Top 20 list.

Now, it will receive even more national exposure when Sportscentre anchors Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole come to Kyle Aug. 23 to broadcast a live episode of Sportscentre from the community.
Features on local residents and the community will also be aired during the show.

Davis expects the TSN cast and crew to bring a lot of excitement and fun to Kyle, although she suspects they may have a few tricks up their sleeves. She believes they will enjoy their time in Kyle and that the community will benefit even more from the exposure.

“It’s great to get our name out there,” she said. “Maybe we can showcase everything we have to offer and maybe entice people to come to this area or maybe move to Kyle or move to the area near Kyle. (Hopefully it will) really show what Kyle and Saskatchewan can bring to a family and what a community is really about.”

Although all the money will stay in Kyle, Davis wants to share the town’s success with its surrounding communities.

She is inviting residents from southwest Saskatchewan to visit Kyle and stand behind the stage with Kyle residents during TSN’s broadcast.

“I’ll be happy with everybody and anybody from Kyle and I’d be extremely excited if people from outside the community came,” said Davis.

“The whole purpose is not just for Kyle but for the whole area to celebrate that we were able to win this wonderful event and showcase not just Kyle but the surrounding area like the Beechys, the Elroses, the Cabris and Swift Currents and Gull Lakes. Any little town around the area is just as important as we are, so anybody is more than welcome to come and help us celebrate.”

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