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BC Games Society celebrates 40 years of success

Author: BC Games Society/Tuesday, October 3, 2017/Categories: Front Page, 2017 News

BC Games Society celebrates 40 years of success
Victoria – At a reception hosted at Government House by the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, the Honourable Judith Guichon, the BC Games Society celebrated 40 years of success by recognizing major accomplishments and key contributors to the organization.

Her Honour paid tribute to the organization that has given thousands of British Columbians the opportunity to pursue their potential through sport and volunteerism.  Recognition was also given to the many people in the audience who have contributed to the success through board service, volunteer leadership, corporate contributions, and athlete and sport development.   

It was an evening for celebration but also for renewing friendships and sharing memories of remarkable experiences through the BC Games.  While sport and competition have been the backbone of the Games, at its heart is the spirit of camaraderie, friendship, and excellence, all of which were plainly evident at Government House.  There have been incredible and meaningful legacies left in host communities and in the lives of those who have had the chance to participate or volunteer.

The BC Winter and BC Summer Games were originally created by Premier Bill Bennett to provide an opportunity to bring the province together in the spirit of sport and friendship.  The first BC Summer Games were held in Penticton in 1978 with the first BC Winter Games held the following year in Kamloops.  Since then, the Games have been hosted 60 times in 38 different communities across the province involving over 150,000 participants and an equal number of volunteers.

This celebration kicked off what will be a year of remembering successes, recognizing contributors, and renewing enthusiasm for the BC Games.  Throughout 2018, there will be 40th anniversary celebration events held in six past host communities – Abbotsford, Penticton, Nanaimo, Penticton, Prince George, Terrace, and Trail.  The celebrations will continue at the Kamloops 2018 BC Winter Games and the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games with a final event for the provincial sport system at the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in October 2018.

Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
“The BC Games have created a wonderful tradition of friendly sportsmanship between communities of all sizes in our province. It has been inspiring to witness the potential of BC’s athletes grow with the Games, and none of it would be possible without the dedicated volunteers and the guidance of the BC Games Society. The legacy of the BC Games is a special one that will surely endure.”

Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture 
“The Games have inspired thousands of British Columbians to become athletes, coaches, and volunteers, leaving lasting sport, social and economic legacies in communities throughout British Columbia. The BC Games would not exist without the driving, energetic force of the people who stand behind them. Congratulations to the BC Games Society on 40 years of success.”

Kelly Mann, President and CEO, BC Games Society
“We have matured over our 40 years as we have been entrusted by successive, supportive governments to grow sport and community.  We have enjoyed the wisdom of Board members who have guided and decided policy, many of whom have helped shape other jurisdictions in their events.  And we have counted on community leadership to guide thousands of volunteers to ensure our vision of inspiring exceptional experiences through sport is upheld.”

See images from the reception here.
Photos courtesy of Chad Hipolito, Hip Photography


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