Fort St. John selected to host the 2020 BC Winter Games

Fort St. John selected to host the 2020 BC Winter Games

Author: BC Games Society/Thursday, March 9, 2017/Categories: 2017 News

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Fort St. John – On behalf of the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Peter Fassbender, Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society, announced today that Fort St. John will host the 2020 BC Winter Games.

The city last hosted the BC Winter Games in 1984 followed by the Northern BC Winter Games on three separate occasions.  The Pomeroy Sport Center opened in 2010 and since that time the city has had a renewed focus on sport hosting including the successful 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the 2017 World Masters Speed Skating Championships underway this week.

The BC Winter Games are an important developmental milestone for B.C.’s emerging high-performance athletes.  Over 2,100 athletes, coaches, managers, and officials will participate in approximately 19 sports.  Athletes such as Fort St. John’s own Denny Morrison (speed skating) and Bo Hedges (wheelchair basketball) competed at the BC Games as a first step towards success at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.  

BC Games host communities benefit from direct economic impact, community and sport development legacies, as well as the opportunity to engage volunteers in a celebration of community pride.  The Games will be organized and staged by a community Board of Directors and up to 2,000 volunteers.

Three other communities were announced as hosts of future BC Games in separate events held simultaneously today.  The 2020 BC Summer Games will be held in Maple Ridge, the 2022 BC Winter Games in Greater Vernon and the 2022 BC Summer Games in Prince George.  

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the BC Games with the BC Winter Games taking place in Kamloops and the BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley.

Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development –

“Congratulations to the City of Fort St. John on its successful bid to host the 2020 BC Winter Games. As momentum builds, this event will bring incredible energy and excitement to the community as it prepares to showcase B.C.’s emerging high-performance athletes and all that the area has to offer visitors, residents, and athletes.” 

Lori Ackerman, Mayor of Fort St. John
“We are honoured to be hosting the BC Winter Games in Fort St. John. The opportunity for our young athletes to compete at the provincial level right here at home with all of their friends and neighbours cheering them on is just as important as the economic benefits this event brings the community. With the incredible volunteerism our community has contributed to the other provincial and national events we have hosted, I have no doubt the 2020 Games will be exceptional.”

Kelly Mann, President and CEO, BC Games Society 
“It is exciting to bring the BC Winter Games back to northern British Columbia.  The City’s investment in sport facilities and the recent experience hosting major events will be a great benefit to staging a successful BC Winter Games in 2020.”

 Quick Facts:

  • Up to 1,500 athletes along with 600 coaches, mangers, and officials participate in the BC Winter Games.
  • Athletes range in age from 9-19 years depending on the sport.  The average age of the athletes is 14.
  • There will be competition in approximately 19 sports including competition for athletes with a disability.
  • 2,000 community volunteers will be involved in planning and staging the Games.
  • The BC Winter Games are held every two years in the even calendar year.
  • The 2020 BC Winter Games will be held February 20-23, 2020.
  • The estimated economic impact of the BC Winter Games is $1.6 million.
  • The B.C. government contributes over $2 million annually to the BC Games Society to support the BC Summer and BC Winter Games – part of over $40 million invested annually to encourage British Columbians to be physically active and to support a “performance pathway” for athletes, coaches, and support personnel.
Learn More:
For information about the BC Games Society and the bid process please visit this link

About the BC Games Society
The BC Games Society is the leadership organization that guides the BC Winter and BC Summer Games and prepares Team BC for national multi-sport Games.  Since 1978, the BC Games have taken place in 38 communities and brought together thousands of athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and spectators in celebration of sport and community excellence.  It is a milestone event that people count as an exceptional experience where memories, friendships, spirit, and pride are abundant.

Media Contacts:
Lia Threlfall
Communications Manager
BC Games Society

Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
250 356-6334

Julie Rogers
Communications Coordinator
City of Fort St. John
250 794 3313 office
250 806 0314 cell  

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