One year ago Friday, Dec. 15, Halifax was unanimously selected by Commonwealth Games Canada to represent Canada as the candidate city in the international competition for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. To mark the milestone, Halifax 2014 is recognizing the efforts of the domestic bid volunteers, partners and supporters who contributed to Halifax’s success. “We’ve come a very long way in one year,” said Fred MacGillivray, president and chair of Halifax 2014. “As we look toward decision day in November 2007, it’s important to recognize the supporters of the domestic bid who had the vision and drive to put Halifax in the running for the 2014 Commonwealth Games — without them, we wouldn’t be in the position we are in today.” Through the commitment of a volunteer bid committee of more than 100 people and the strong support of corporate partners, Halifax was successful in the comprehensive domestic review process which led to the city’s selection. “We were very fortunate to have such a strong and talented group of people involved in the domestic bid phase,” said Mr. MacGillivray. “Not only did they demonstrate their belief in Halifax’s capabilities as a host city, but they also laid a solid foundation for a successful international bid.” The Commonwealth Games are an international sport and cultural event held every four years in which athletes from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories compete. In December 2005, Halifax won the right to be Canada’s candidate city for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. In competition with Glasgow, Scotland, and Abuja, Nigeria, the Halifax 2014 bid committee is now focused on developing and winning the international bid, which will be awarded by the Commonwealth Games Federation on Nov. 9, 2007, in Sri Lanka.