04/06/2015 8:16 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 7, 2015
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Victoria HarbourCats baseball team is one that relies on community integration on many levels, leading to engagement with influential people throughout the South Island region. With that clearly in mind, the team has set up an Advisory Board that will meet periodically and serve as both resource and advocate for HarbourCats staff and management.
“We are honored to have such great friends in all corners of this community, people who support the HarbourCats in a variety of ways, and this is a way we can effectively involve those who care greatly about the continued success of baseball in Victoria,” said General Manager Jim Swanson.
“These are people who more than see the value, and recognize the community has stepped forward to say it wants baseball to be strong. The fact the HarbourCats led the West Coast League in attendance in 2014, just the second year, and that the attendance mark came in a year where the team had a sub-.500 record overall and at home -- we think that speaks to this market and the tremendous fan, corporate and media support in Victoria. Certainly, it is our fans and the companies we partner with who set that table for us. We think this franchise is set to grow even more – that’s what our fans and our partners tell us.”
The Advisory Board will first meet as a group on April 21, though team staff and management have been engaging with these contributors for some time.
Named to the Victoria HarbourCats Advisory Board are:
--- STEVE SINCLAIR, Oak Bay Marine Group – Former Major League pitcher with the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays, now in management at OBMG, brings a valuable mix of business acumen and experience as a player who reached the top rung in the baseball world.
--- FRASER CAMPBELL, Campbell Commercial Real Estate – Heavily involved in the local baseball scene, member of the B.C. Minor Baseball board, president of Greater Victoria Baseball Association.
--- JOHN POLLARD, Rogers Media (KISS-FM/OCEAN-FM) – Active with Central Saanich Little League board, and rep for Rogers Media; well-known in the community for past involvement with various media companies and events, including Crime Stoppers, and minor baseball and hockey.
--- KELLY MANN, President and CEO, B.C. Games Society – Highly respected for his work on B.C. Games events, founder of Kidsport Victoria board, tireless worker on behalf of sport in Victoria and across B.C.
--- GARY BEYER, Tesseract Computers – Successful small-businessman whose involvement spans many sports and events in Victoria and region.
--- AL HASHAM, Maximum Express – Community activist and successful business owner, known for his leadership and focus on customer experience.
--- HUGH MACDONALD, SportHost Victoria – Driving force behind so many positive sporting events and ventures, brings a wealth of knowledge and incredible ability to effectively cut through red tape and get things done.
HARBOURCATS HOME GAME TICKETS ON SALE, ON-LINE
HarbourCats fans can get to the front of the line now by going on-line to purchase tickets for the 2015 season – that includes Opening Day (June 5), Father’s Day (June 21), the added number of day games this season, and special Fireworks Games, slated for June 6, June 30, and August 3. The first exhibition game is May 31 against the Langley Blaze-PIL, then June 2-3 vs. the North Sound Emeralds, and a July 19 game in Nanaimo.