Local Planning Begins For 2014 BC Summer Games

Local Planning Begins For 2014 BC Summer Games

Author: BC Games Society/Thursday, June 6, 2013/Categories: 2014 BC Summer Games

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There’s just over a year before Nanaimo hosts the BC Summer Games but work has already begun in earnest by local organizers.

Headed by Games President Jeff Lott and Vice president Bruce Hunter, a board of eighteen local individuals was recently formed to start the job that will take up to 3200 volunteers to finish. Jeff Lott stated, "Nanaimo is honoured to be awarded these games, a remarkable repeat performance for us as a community. It proves we've really earned the economic and social benefits this major event brings, as well as the provincial attention and respect. This is a win-win for Nanaimo!" 

The stated purpose of the Games is to provide an opportunity for the development of athletes, coaches, and officials in preparation for higher levels of competition like the Canada Games or Olympic or Paralympic Games. There are twenty sports represented in the BC Summer Games involving some 4,000 athletes, coaches and officials from all over the province.

A BC Summer Games can generate up to $2.6 million in economic impact (based on studies from the Kelowna 2008 BC Summer Games). The legacy fund from the Nanaimo 2002 BC Summer Games was $197,000 which was invested back into local sport organizations and local community groups.  This is the highest legacy generated from any previous BC Summer or Winter Games.

Nanaimo benefits from tourism spinoffs and the economic impact while adding to its well-earned reputation as a successful host city for sport tournaments. Nanaimo last hosted the BC Summer Games in 2002 and won rave reviews for the community’s support at that time. The city has also welcomed the 2005 BC Disability Games and the 2007 BC Seniors Games.

“Nanaimo has earned a strong reputation for sport event hosting and we are looking forward to the BC Summer Games returning to this active community in 2014,” said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society.  “The combination of the city’s first class facilities and warm hospitality will make the 2014 Games a memorable experience for participants and spectators from across the province.”

“The City of Nanaimo is delighted to be the Host City of the 2014 BC Summer Games,” says Mayor John Ruttan. “To be given the opportunity to host the event again is testimony to our communities reputation of our support and commitment to sport and youth development.  We will welcome thousands of athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers to our city.   The Games will provide a vital stepping stone in the sport development of the best young athletes in our province and will infuse close to $2 million dollars into the local economy. I know our community will rally behind the event and ensure it’s a resounding success! I’d like to thank those individuals who have stepped forward to volunteer their time in making this what will be one of the best games ever”

The board is busy recruiting key volunteers to take on a variety of positions. This fall, a countdown clock will be unveiled as volunteer recruitment kicks off. Other promotions and events will be staged in the lead up to next July 17 – 20, 2014 when the city comes alive with athletes and volunteers participating in this biennial provincial celebration of sport.

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Kim Smythe – Director of Promotions, BC Summer Games – Nanaimo
250-758-5555 office / 250-740-0771 cell

Lia Threlfall - Communications Manager, BC Games Society
250-387-4688 office / 250-812-3887 cell

Photo of Board Members from left to right:

Rod Milner, Director of Friends of the Games

Arlene Blundell, Director of Ceremonies

Bruce Hunter, Vice President

Tracey White, Director of Protocol

Jean-Michel Hanssens,  Director of Security

Michele Behie, Director of Special Events  

Lorne Goodall, Director of Medical Services

Liz Williams, Liaison – City of Nanaimo

Gord Robinson, Director of Communications

Pam Donnelly, Director of Accommodation

Barry Sparkes, Director of Sport

Yuho Okada, Director of Registration and Results

Dan Kucherka, Director of Administration

Ashwak Sirri, Director of Food Services

Kim Smythe, Director of Promotions

Jeff Lott, President

Gerry Laporte, Director of Transportation
John Blain,  Liaison - School District 68 Nanaimo-Ladysmith


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