"Penticton's Got Game" leads 2016 BC Winter Games

"Penticton's Got Game" leads 2016 BC Winter Games

Author: BC Games Society/Tuesday, May 12, 2015/Categories: 2015 News, BC Winter Games, 2016 BC Winter Games

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No matter what the season, Penticton is passionate about sport. So it’s only fitting that Penticton’s Got Game be the slogan for the 2016 BC Winter Games.

To celebrate the return of the Games to the community, the Host Society Board of Directors held a Name Our Games contest for the community.  Penticton students and residents were invited to submit a unique slogan or tagline for the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games, and over 50 entries were received.

Steve Lalonde, a 39-year Penticton resident, submitted the winning entry: Penticton’s Got Game.  Every submission was entered into a chance to win prize packs and winners were celebrated Friday night during a short rally.  For his winning entry, Lalonde won four tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s presentation of Varekai at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

"I heard about the contest through work, and I thought it was a nice challenge. Any Games that come to our community will help shine the spotlight on our little town and our Okanagan Valley,” Lalonde said. His children – Hanna, 18, and Matthew, 13 – have both participated in sports like basketball and track and field for years, which Lalonde feels is an important part of being a well-rounded individual. “They’re wonderful athletes and their experiences in sport have been great. They’ve both been part of teams that have been competitive, and they also both succeed in school as well. They make their dad quite proud.”

The BC Winter Games showcase BC’s best young developing athletes. With an average age of 14 years old, these athletes represent the next generation of Canada’s elite athletes – like Penticton moguls skier Jordan Kober, a past BC Winter Games medalist who is now on the Canadian Freestyle Ski Team and has aspirations to one day compete at the Olympic Winter Games.

“The BC Winter Games is just such a cool experience. It is a mini-Olympics and when you are a young athlete it is a great opportunity to further yourself. There is nothing else like it,” said Kober, whose picture is on the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games banner, which will appear at several community events in promotion of the Games.

“It will be a lot of fun for the athletes coming to Penticton because it is such a great community to host an event like this,” said Kober. “One of the coolest things is, besides competing, is getting to meet the people in the different sports and from all over the province.”

The slogan, Penticton’s Got Game, was chosen from over 50 entries.

“It says a lot about our community. Penticton has always had a lot of community pride through our beautiful beaches, the Penticton Vees hockey club and our outstanding volunteers,” states Doug MacMillan, Vice-President of the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games. “These multi-sport Games will give us an opportunity to further build our community through volunteer development, enhancements to sport venues, or post Games financial legacies."

“We were so pleased at the quantity and quality of the Name Our Games slogan responses. Congratulations to all for taking the time to get involved with this contest. Our judges had a difficult time selecting the winning slogan but felt that Penticton’s Got Game captures the spirit of our community and this wonderful event, ” states Bill Bidlake, President of the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games.

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.

Penticton has first-class sport facilities and a wealth of volunteer experience – including hosting the inaugural 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.

For information, visit the BC Games website at www.bcgames.org.

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

Provincial Contact:
Lia Threfall, Communications Manager
BC Games Society

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