Thurston County’s Sports Commission, Experience Olympia & Beyond, has been nominated for SportsEvents Magazine’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards.

The awards recognize destination marketing organizations, host cities and sports venues who have hosted sports events that exceeded expectation.

“We are honored to be one of five destinations in Washington State nominated for this award as it highlights the great collaboration and excellent sports venues we have in the region. Our team is working hard to bring even more sports events to Thurston County,” said Shauna Stewart, executive director of Experience Olympia and Beyond.

The news comes after a successful year of hosting the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s basketball and softball championships for the second year in a row and helping to bring the Northwest Athletic Conference’s cross country championships to the region this weekend at Saint Martin’s University. Experience Olympia & Beyond, along with the help of local sports facilities, support sporting events by assembling bid packages, providing hospitality, sponsorships and referrals to local businesses.

The Seattle Southside Tourism Authority, which serves the South Sound community of Des Moines as well as Tukwila and SeaTac, was also nominated. To vote, click here.