North to the Yukon

The International Softball Federation today issued this press release:


Unique locale will host top women’s international softball event

PLANT CITY, FLORIDA (USA) — Whitehorse, Yukon, will host the International Softball Federation XIII Women’s World Championship in 2012, it was announced today.  ISF President Don Porter said that a solid bid from the host and a successful track record made it the right choice for the marquee fast pitch event.

“Whitehorse will do a terrific job hosting our women’s world championship in 2012,” the ISF president said.  “They proved as much when they organized our junior men’s world championship in 2008.  Plus the community’s support for softball and their proven ability as a site for large sporting and cultural events assures us that our teams, the fans, and the media will all have a good experience that summer.”

The unique location brings with it over 20 hours of daylight, which allows for softball games – on unlit fields – well into the evening hours.  The playing facilities in Whitehorse have multiple fields, which will allow the organizers to meet what is generally a ten-day, 60-plus games schedule.

“Softball Yukon and Softball Canada are pleased to again be able to host the world,” said George Arcand, Executive Director of Softball Yukon and the Chair of the Organizing Committee for the 2012 World Championship.  “After hosting a successful and exciting junior men’s world championship in 2008, we are honored to host the 2012 women’s world championship in Whitehorse.  We look forward to working with the ISF to make this an unforgettable experience for our local community, fans from all over the world, and all participating teams.”

The event in Whitehorse will come just two years after the XII Women’s World Championship, which happens this June 23-July 2 in Venezuela.  As such, it fulfills the implementation of a two-year rotation for ISF world championships instead of every four years.  That change was adopted at the ISF Congress this past October.  Next year will be the final year of only one world championship (junior women’s, December 6-17, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa).  2012 will also include the ISF IX Jr. Men’s World Championship (19-and-under) in Parana, Argentina.

The women’s world championship in Whitehorse in 2012 is expected to take place in July of that year, with exact dates currently being finalized.

The ISF is the world governing body of the sport as recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and SportAccord (formerly the General Association of International Sports Federations). Softball (women’s fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. There are 128 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.


SPY NOTE:  Whitehorse (which we will describe below from encyclopedic references, was at the epicenter of the Yukon Gold Rush, and sits almost due north of Skagway, Alaska, which was the jumping-off  place for the gold diggers and other adventurers.  The area brings back images of John Wayne in “North to Alaska,” of Jimmy Stewart driving cattle north to Dawson, and of dog sled races.  Has a well-deserved reputation for  winter sports.  Whitehorse offers constant daylight and 67 degree summer weather.  There is an international airport; TV, Internet.

You must ride the scenic railway built during the Klondike Gold Rush and you should stay at:

Bombay Peggy’s Victorian Inn & Pub
Still bearing the name of its former Madam, this newly restored building from the Gold Rush era served as a mining company’s headquarters and residence, a family home, brothel, boarding house, art gallery, and now a historic inn and pub.
Come discover the colourful past of one of Dawson’s favourite buildings, an unforgettable place to stay in the heart of the Klondike.

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