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New Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission Launched

Before dozens of county and statewide area sports planners, venue operators, tourism leaders, public officials and University of Oregon representatives, Travel Lane County announced the official launch of the new Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports commission. The kickoff event was held at the Matthew Knight Arena this morning.

The newly formed sports commission is hoping to score more events for the region in the near future, while enhancing and supporting existing ones.

“We applaud the formation of this new commission and look forward to working with these leaders to help further position this region as a premier sports destination and major player in Oregon’s sports scene,” said Drew Mahalic, Chief Executive Officer, Oregon Sports Authority. “This is a testament about the valuable economic impact and visibility that sports tourism can bring to a region.”

The group will collectively work to pursue and secure events representing a variety of sports in all skill levels. Among its mission will be to oversee the coordination of local resources in bidding events, assisting with logistics, sponsorship development and providing guidance for facility upgrades or future construction projects.

“The wealth of experts and resources within our local sports community provides the perfect foundation on which to build our new commission,” said Janis Ross, Travel Lane County VP of Convention & Sports Marketing, who will lead the new commission as the executive director. “Sports have always been a strong focus for us. We anticipate this new group will help provide even more opportunities to reach out to the sports market, while providing the best resources to help new and existing events succeed.”

The sporting events Travel Lane County has worked to secure, or will provide services to, between January 2012 and July 2014 total more than $46 million in economic impact alone. Of the overall group business Travel Lane County works with, sporting events currently account for half of the events that come to the Eugene, Cascades and coast region.

So far the commission has created a sports advisory council, website, logo and marketing materials. Other projects will include enhancing Travel Lane County’s master sports calendar and list of sports venues, assembling a master file of local volunteers and officials, and creating a lendable sports equipment database to provide event planners with access to everything from cell phones and fencing to tents and safety vests. The group also plans to host an annual sports summit in March.

To learn more about upcoming commission events, activities, sponsorship opportunities and more, contact Janis Ross at 541.743.8753 or Janis@EugeneCascadesCoast.org. More information is also available on the new Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports website.

– News Release, Travel Lane County, January 30, 2012

Travel Lane County to launch sports commission

As home of the Rose Bowl champions and host of the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials, Lane County already has a national reputation for sports teams and sporting events.

Travel Lane County, the local tourism bureau, plans to build on that reputation by launching a sports commission that will work to bring a range of local, regional and national sporting events to the area — events that would boost the local economy.

Travel Lane County will announce more specifics about Eugene Cascade & Coast Sports at a press conference on Jan. 30 at the Matthew Knight Arena.

“It’s exciting to hear the commission is being formed,” said Mike Moskovitz, spokesman for Willamalane Park and Recreation District.

— Excerpt from the Eugene Register-Guard, January 14, 2012

eUpdate – USA Fencing North American Cup, Help Bring Ironman to Oregon

More than 1,000 Olympic and Junior World Team fencing hopefuls will compete at USA Fencing’s January North American Cup this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center. The four-day tournament begins tomorrow and continues through Monday. All events are open to the public at no cost. The Oregon Sports Authority and Travel Portland are proud to host this prestigious USA Fencing event in Portland.

— Click below to view the entire Oregon Sports Authority eUpdate

January North American Cup Brings Olympic Fencers to Portland this Weekend

More than 1,000 Olympic and Junior World Team hopefuls will compete at the January North American Cup this weekend in Portland.

The four-day tournament begins on Friday and continues through Monday at the Oregon Convention Center. All events are free and open to the public.

The tournament is a selection event for both squads that will compete at the 2012 London Olympic Games as well as the teams that will compete at the Junior and Cadet World Championships in Moscow in April.

Competition this weekend includes 23 of the 24 athletes who competed on the 2011 Senior World Championship Team as they vie for both gold medals and valuable national ranking points.

Among the fencers competing this weekend are the following Olympic and Senior World medalists:

• Tim Morehouse (New York City, N.Y. / Saber), 2008 Olympic team silver medalist
• James Williams (New York City, N.Y. / Saber), 2008 Olympic team silver medalist
• Emily Cross (New York City, N.Y. / Foil), 2008 Olympic team silver medalist
• Seth Kelsey (Colorado Springs, Colo. / Epee), 2010 Senior World team silver medalist
• Cody Mattern (Tigard, Ore. / Epee), 2010 Senior World team silver medalist
• Ben Bratton (New York City, N.Y. / Epee), 2010 Senior World team silver medalist
• Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky. / Foil), 2011 Senior World individual bronze medalist
• Dagmara Wozniak (Avenel, N.J. / Saber), 2011 Senior World team bronze medalist
• Ibtihaj Muhammad (Maplewood, N.J. / Saber), 2011 Senior World team bronze medalist
• Daria Schneider (New York City, N.Y. / Saber), 2011 Senior World team bronze medalist

As the Portland area is home to several of the top clubs in the area, many of the fencers to watch this weekend are hometown athletes, including 2004 Olympian Cody Mattern (Tigard, Ore.) Mattern, who is currently ranked #3 in men’s epee in the United States and trains at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, won a silver medal as a member of Team USA at the 2010 Senior World Championships and is aiming to qualify for his second U.S. Olympic Team.

Saber fencer Avery Zuck (Portland, Ore.) competed on the 2009 Junior World Team and will be fencing in the Division I men’s saber event this weekend. Zuck is ranked #8 in the United States and is climbing the ranks as the top four fencers following the Division I National Championships in April will earn slots on the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.

Two local women’s saber fencers are hoping for finals finishes as well. Fifteen-year-old Sage Palmedo (Portland, Ore.) is ranked #4 as a junior and earned a silver medal at the July North American Cup in the U20 event. Lian Osier (Battle Ground, Wash.) competed on three straight Junior World Teams and won the NCAA Team Championships alongside Zuck while fencing for Notre Dame last year. Now competing in the Division I event, Osier earned her first Division I NAC title in 2010 and is aiming for another trip to the podium.

Eighteen-year-old epee fencer Isabella Barna (Bend, Ore.) will compete in both the Division I event as well as the U20 competition. Fresh off a bronze medal win at the Dijon Junior World Cup in France on Sunday, Barna is ranked fourth in U20 women’s epee.
Competition schedule is as follows. Start times are approximate and each event will run through the completion of the gold medal finals.

Friday, January 13
8:30 a.m.
Division I Women’s Foil
Junior Men’s Epee

2 p.m.
Junior Women’s Saber

Saturday, January 14
8:30 a.m.
Junior Men’s Foil
Division I Women’s Epee

1:30 p.m.
Division I Men’s Saber

Sunday, January 15
8:30 a.m.
Division I Men’s Epee
Division I Women’s Saber

1:30 p.m.
Junior Women’s Foil

Monday, January 16
8:30 a.m.
Division I Men’s Foil
Junior Women’s Epee

11 a.m.
Junior Men’s Saber