Tourism London loses sports manager

KATHY RUMLESKI -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 1:34 PM ET

Blair McIntosh, Tourism London's manager of sport tourism, is leaving his post at the end of the month.

"We're very disappointed that Blair is moving on. He had personal reasons. We will miss him," said John Winston, manager of tourism for the city. "We will begin the search for a viable replacement as soon as possible."

Winston said it could take as long as three months to find the next sport tourism manager, but he hopes it will be sooner.

Winston said Tourism London has a few candidates it is considering.

McIntosh, who has worked two years at Tourism London, has accepted a position with Sport Alliance of Ontario as games director in Toronto.

Winston said McIntosh raised the profile of London's sport tourism at the national level.

"He was very, very involved in assisting us in bringing forward events such as the Canadian figure skating championships. He was a very key component in the organizing committee for the Memorial Cup," Winston said.

He also said McIntosh's networking at the provincial and federal levels has been "very, very helpful here."

Winston believes McIntosh will continue to be an ally for London within these levels.

"He'll act as a great ambassador on our behalf. We'll continue that relationship for years to come."

Before coming to London, McIntosh spent 23 years in the provincial government's sport and tourism sector.

He was a member of the Canada Games committee, which selected London as the site of the 2001 Canada Summer Games and was Ontario's chef de mission for those Games.

McIntosh is at the Canada Summer Games in Regina for the next two weeks.


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