Year in Review 2013-14

Year in Review 2013-14

Author: BC Games Society/Friday, May 23, 2014/Categories: 2014 News

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The BC Games Society Year in Review is a colourful look back at the highlights and accomplishments of the past year.  In 2013-14 the District of Mission played host to the 27th BC Winter Games, February 20-23, the first time Mission has ever hosted this winter multi-sport festival.  Over 1700 community volunteers hosted 1821 athletes, coaches, and officials from across the province gathered for four days of exciting action.  

As the largest event ever to be held in Mission, strategic relationships were built with neighboring municipalities of Abbotsford, Langley, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows and Whistler to ensure the best possible venues for the Games.  The community rallied together and showed their pride and hospitality ensuring a quality and memorable experience for everyone.
Participants and guests spoke highly and spoke often of the great work Mission did. “This was an awesome event; thank you Mission and all the volunteers for making this possible”, commented one curler, while a karate athlete tweeted, “Thanks Mission for the awesome BC Winter Games.”  Many other similar comments came to us at the conclusion of these Games but perhaps the last word should go to Mayor Ted Adlem, a staunch BC Games supporter, who said to the BC Winter Games Board of Directors, “You really have had a very positive effect on our community.  You should all be very proud.

19 Provincial Sport Organization partners committed to ensure the BC Winter Games was a valuable opportunity for the development of their sport in the province.  A true provincial event, 11 sports brought athletes from all 8 zones.  100% of head coaches in 11 sports achieved full certification and 92% of all coaches were certified.

The BC Games represent an opportunity for each hosting community to showcase itself to the province in terms of facilities and dedicated citizens.  Each Games present unique challenges, many of which are readily overcome, thus giving the volunteers a new perspective from which to view new opportunities.  The BC Games provide a spring board for competitive athletes and coaches to pursue higher levels of competition, creates new skills among volunteers, helping them become better employees and family members, and stimulates economic activity.

See the entire Year in Review publication here.

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