Vernon set to welcome BC’s best

Vernon set to welcome BC’s best

Author: BC Games Society/Thursday, February 23, 2012/Categories: 2012 News, 2012 BC Winter Games

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British Columbia’s best young athletes descend on Vernon, BC starting today for the 2012 BC Winter Games. These athletes are the best in their respective age categories and sports, and among them may be future Olympians and Paralympians. BC Games alumni who represented Canada at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games include gold medalists Maelle Ricker (snowboarding), Denny Morrison (speedskating) and Vernon native, Josh Dueck (para-alpine skiing).

Representing eight zones across BC, the 2012 BC Winter Games feature 1145 athletes, 292 coaches, and 160 technical officials. The Athletes range in age from nine years old in figure skating to 17 years old in netball and hockey (female). Athletes with a disability range in age from 13-40 years old and will compete in para cross-country skiing. 
Volunteers in Vernon have been planning for almost two years to host participants and guests from across the province. Participants will be officially welcomed to the BC Winter Games tonight at the Opening Ceremony taking place at the Wesbild Centre. Sport competitions begin February 24 with 15 sports hosted at venues throughout Vernon including Silver Star Mountain Resort and Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre. The Games conclude February 26.
As BC’s largest winter multi-sport event and showcase of athleticism, the BC Games inspire athletes to pursue their athletic dreams. “Vernon is a passionate sport community and the over 2000 community volunteers will ensure the young athletes will be able to achieve their personal best” said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society.
2012 BC Winter Games information including results can be found at and www.2012bcwintergames
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For more information please contact:
Lia Threlfall                                                      Jan Mansfield
Communications Manager                             BC Games News Service
BC Games Society                                         604-719-3828
250-812-3887                                                 250-558-5289 (as of Feb 24)                                

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