Letters: Encourage tourism

Writer states the Subaru Sooke Triathlon was a great event for the region

Before the Mr. McDannolds of the world clench their fists in frustration at the triathlon induced road closures and the general inappropriateness of hosting an event of this nature, maybe we should think about how appropriate it can be.

It is appropriate to encourage out-of-towners to visit our area to boost our local economy (albeit briefly) and encourage local business development.

It is appropriate to be good hosts so they can tell their friends that the Juan de Fuca coast is an exceptional place to visit with a great community spirit.

It is appropriate to expose our community and our children to the benefits of participation in sport and encourage ourselves to be ambassadors for others in achieving their endeavours.

Maybe it is inappropriate to close a highway for a few hours on a Sunday morning, but with open communication, transparent decision making and collective good-will, we can embrace future events in the most appropriate way possible.

Thanks for those who volunteered and others who made this event happen.

Tony Mottershead

Sooke