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RA Centre House of Sport project lands City funding, confirms first NSOs joining
Updated On: May 8, 2017
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson & RA Centre CEO Tosha Rhodenizer. Photo: Dan Plouffe

By Dan Plouffe

The City of Ottawa announced a $500,000 contribution to the RA Centre’s $6.9 House of Sport project on Apr. 27 in front of a large crowd packed into the RA’s west lobby.

The RA’s west wing, built in the 1950s, is being redeveloped to accommodate a collection of various sports federations, organizations and companies.

“We’re very thankful for the support of the City,” says RA Centre CEO Tosha Rhodenizer, noting they’ve received “massive” practical support from Ottawa Tourism staff on top of the financial contribution.

“It’s really a partnership borne out of a lot of mutual interests,” she adds. “We want to be able to retain the national and multi-sport organizations in the city of Ottawa (currently home to over 60% of Canada’s NSO/MSOs). We want to be able to host more events and conferences. It raises the profile of our organization and the city as a whole.”

“It’s very exciting,” concurs Mayor Jim Watson, and “a great concept” that allows sports organizations to “reduce their cost of operating so that they can spend as much money as possible on the athletes that they represent.”

The RA also recently announced a first set of organizations signed up to join the House of Sport, which will begin to welcome some groups in the summer and more come the fall as renovations continue. The Canadian Fencing Federation, Taekwondo Canada, Shooting Federation of Canada, Aboriginal Sport Circle and Coaching Association of Canada are all set to move in.

“It’s really taking shape,” signals Rhodenizer. “There are so many aspects of this project that are unique. It’s been a phenomenal project to be a part of, really.”

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