One year to go to the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games

One year to go to the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games

Author: BC Winter Games/Thursday, March 5, 2015/Categories: 2016 BC Winter Games

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In less than a year from now, as many as 2,000 athletes, coaches, and officials from across BC will parade in at the Opening Ceremony for the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games.  Now is the time athletes are starting their journey to compete at BC’s largest multi-sport event.

The BC Winter Games showcase BC’s best young developing athletes.  With an average age of 14, these athletes represent the next generation of Canada’s elite athletes.  The BC Winter Games provide a unique opportunity for athletes to experience provincial competition in a multi-sport Games setting, taking the first step towards the national and international stage.

Competition will take place over four days in 17 sports such as badminton, biathlon, basketball, curling, diving, figure skating, gymnastics, judo, karate, skiing and speed skating, plus more.  The host zone, Thompson-Okanagan (Zone 2), finished third at the 2014 BC Winter Games with 74 medals in total, and 20 of those being gold finishes.

Athletes who are interested in competing at the BC Winter Games should visit the to find out the age group in their sport and a contact person near them.   With one year to go, now is the time athletes are starting to train for the chance to represent their zone and compete against the best in the province.

“We are so excited that the BC Winter Games are a year away.  We cannot wait to welcome athletes, coaches, and family members from all over the province to Penticton,” states Bill Bidlake, President of the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games.  “It will be an amazing event that celebrates sport, as well as what everyone can achieve with passion and determination.  It will be an incredible display for the entire South Okanagan that will leave a lasting legacy for the region.”

This will be the fourth time Penticton has hosted the BC Games.  The city was the host of the inaugural BC Summer Games in 1978, the 1990 BC Winter Games, and the 1995 BC Summer Games.

“This is going to be an amazing event for Penticton in so many ways,” said Dan Ashton, MLA for Penticton.  “Everyone in BC knows Penticton is a fantastic destination in summer; now they’ll find out how much we have to offer in winter as well.  And we know from experience just how much the BC Games unify our city.”

Penticton has first-class sport facilities and a wealth of volunteer experience – including hosting the first BC Summer Games in 1978.  The Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games will prove to be a memorable event for BC’s best developing athletes, coaches, and officials from February 25 to 28, 2016.

Also see the "Name Our Games" contest information.

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Regional Contact:
Kristi Patton, Director of Promotions
Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games


Provincial Contact:
Lia Threlfall, Communications Manager
BC Games Society


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