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Sisters giving back to sport through Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games

Sisters giving back to sport through Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games

Author: BC Winter Games/Wednesday, January 20, 2016/Categories: 2016 BC Winter Games

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Having experienced the rush of being athletes at multi-sport events, sisters Alexandra and Stephanie Rempe are now getting a look from the other side.

The Okanagan Hockey Academy female prep team players are volunteering their time to Food Services for the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games, Feb. 25-28.

"We have been given so many opportunities — playing for the OHA, we are going to go to university to play hockey, we have a strong family that made sure we always had enough — that we want to volunteer our time to help others," said Stephanie, who is committed along with her sister to Brown University next year. "In sport you often see where the athletes are now, but seeing where they start out is special. You can see the passion in young athletes. After spending hours training sometimes you lose what you love about your sport but watching these younger athletes, you can't help but smile. It reminds me of what sport is all about and those kind of moments, and helping others, are what volunteering is all about."

At 13 years old, the twin sisters competed at the Alberta Winter Games bringing home a bronze medal. Fast-forward to 2015 and Alexandra competed for Team BC in hockey at the Canada Winter Games held in Prince George. Replacing the National Women's Under-18 Championship every four years, the Canada Winter Games highlights the future of the women's game in a province versus province showdown for a gold medal; alumni includes Olympians such as Meghan Agosta, Hayley Wickenheiser and Marie-Philip Poulin.

Despite being 17, the Rempe twins understand what it takes to put on such big events. "I couldn't even imagine what the events we have participated in would have been like without all the volunteer support. It would have been terrible," said Alexandra. "At the Canada Winter Games there was so many volunteers and it was so helpful and inspiring. They took care of all the little things, simple things like taking your bags, directing you the right way and opening doors. It just took all the stress away. Now I am really excited to be on that other spectrum to help athletes and watch them compete."

The twins have volunteered back in their hometown in Alberta serving lunch to those in need and at the Penticton Soupateria with their school. Along with their OHA teammates, they will be helping feed the estimated 1,800 athletes from all over B.C. who are coming to Penticton for the Games.

"I think it is great to give back because so many people in your life help you out and now to turn around and help them and get to be part of something so big like the BC Games is cool. It is kind of like being at a concert and having a backstage pass," said Alexandra.

Not only are the pair volunteering with their teammates, but their mom, Janice Rempe, has caught the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games excitement. She plans on registering as a volunteer as well.

"Volunteers really make these type of events happen. I know, from going as a spectator and having my kids involved, how important volunteers are. Penticton has so much to offer and the community is really going to make a huge difference for all the athletes and people who come out to watch the Games," said Janice.

Volunteers are still needed, especially in the areas of Food Services, Accommodation and Security. As some areas require a criminal record check, registering as soon as possible to become a volunteer is encouraged.

Volunteers are a vital part of enhancing the legacy from the BC Winter Games – receiving valuable training and enhanced skill development in event management and hosting. Some volunteers in the Food Services area will receive free Food Safe training. There are a couple dates available and those interested in becoming certified should call the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games office.

For more information on how to register as a volunteer, visit www.BCGames.org or by calling the Games office at 250-492-2026.

About the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games:
The BC Winter Games showcase BC’s best young developing 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.

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 Feb. 25 to 28, 2016.

 
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Regional Contact: Kristi Patton  
Director of Promotions
Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games Society   
250.488.8367
promotions@bcwintergames.ca    

Provincial Contact: Lia Threfall
Communications Manager     
BC Games Society
250.387.1375    
liat@bcgames.org 

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