365 Day Countdown draws crowd in Abbotsford

365 Day Countdown draws crowd in Abbotsford

2016 BC Summer Games

Author: BC Games Society/Tuesday, July 21, 2015/Categories: 2015 News, 2016 BC Summer Games

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To kickoff the countdown to the Games, the Abbotsford 2016 BC Summer Games Board hosted an event at Thunderbird Square.  The celebration, which was held on Matsqui and Sumas First Nations traditional lands, included entertainment from local dancers and singers, messages from Mayor Braun, the President and Vice President of the local Games Board, Steve Carlton and Stan Petersen, and President and CEO of the BC Games Society, Kelly Mann.  

There was a formal raising of the BC Games flag, which was delivered to the venue by the Silverfox Cadet Squadron and a representative of the Abbotsford Police Department to the beat of the Hurricane Drum Team and flanked by members from local sport clubs .  Mayor Braun and the Games President raised the flag City Hall as a symbol of the Games coming to Abbotsford.

The event was a true community celebration with over 400 in attendance, who enjoyed the entertainment and food and beverages donated by local businesses who have come on as Friends of the Games.  Nearly 100 volunteers registered on site, just a few of the over 3,000 volunteers that will be needed to stage the Games.  There are volunteer positions in all areas of the Games - volunteer registration can be completed at www.bcgames.org.  

“We are now just one-year away from the 2016 BC Summer Games in Abbotsford," said Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.  As part of our hosting strategy, our Government is committed to maximizing opportunities that will draw sport and cultural events to the province and generate economic, tourism, and community development benefits. I know the City of Abbotsford will do a tremendous job of hosting the games, which will attract thousands of visitors to the Fraser Valley.” 

The University of the Fraser Valley was highlighted at the event, who joins the other Corporate and Funding Partners (the Province of BC, Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, the City of Abbotsford, Abbotsford School District, Global BC, Coast Capital Savings, Jazz Aviation, and Black Press) as significant contributors to these Games.

Also unveiled at the event was the Games tag line "Rise above. Reach beyond.", which will be used to inspire the community, the volunteers, and the Games participants.

“The Board of Directors was delighted to see a solid show of support from the Abbotsford community at large tonight as we launched the 2016 BC Summer Games at our 365 Day Countdown event, said local Games President, Steve Carlton. “This was the first public event for the newly formed Board of Directors and it proved to be a solid team effort through and through.  It was wonderful to showcase our talented youth, our illustrious Sports Hall of Fame members, and a community legend, Jack Robertson.  Abbotsford knows that the Games are coming!  We challenge everyone associated with the Games to Rise Above and Reach Beyond!”

“Sport and culture were enthusiastically embraced at a great beginning to the planning of the BC Summer Games,  said BC Games Society President and CEO, Kelly Mann.  “Enthusiasm was evident and I look forward to working with the volunteers of Abbotsford.  BC's athletes will have a great experience in July 2016.”

As many as 2400 athletes in 18 sports, including athletes with a disability in athletics, equestrian, and swimming, from across the province will come to Abbotsford.  Together with their coaches and the officials in each sport, most athletes will experience their first multi-sport Games in Abbotsford.  The athletes represent some of the best athletes in the province.  They will showcase their talents in competitions at some of the province’s top facilities including the MRC Sports Complex, Delair Park, UFV, Abbotsford School District gyms and fields, and Exhibition Park.  

The Board is in the process of forming committees and building their plans.  Upcoming events include the Community Awareness Event early in 2016 and the Torchlighting Ceremony to mark the 100 day countdown to the Games (in April).  More details will be available on the website and the local paper as details are finalized.

Keep up to date with our plans on bcgames.org and connect with us on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and look for photos of the countdown event on Flickr.

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Communications and Media Contacts:

Andrew Franklin
Director of Promotions
Abbotsford 2016 BC Summer Games

Lia Threlfall
Communications Manager
BC Games Society


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