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BC Winter Games Youth Ambassador program

BC Winter Games Youth Ambassador program

Author: BC Winter Games/Monday, February 8, 2016/Categories: 2016 BC Winter Games

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Empowering youth and teaching students about the different sports in the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games is helping spread the spirit of the Games.

Chair of Community Development, Jenny Mitchell, designed a program that 36 local Youth Ambassadors from schools in Penticton and the surrounding area have embraced. The ambassadors are visiting Penticton elementary schools where they lead spirit days to get the students excited about the Games.

"We are trying to share the spirit of the BC Winter Games, so we have a team of youth ambassadors who have been working together to design a pep rally to get kids excited about the Games, know more about the types of sports and what the BC Games are all about," said Mitchell, who is a BC Winter Games alumni in the sport of ringette.

The ambassadors then support the students as they try a sport featured at the BC Winter Games.

"We want to get more people out to support the Games," said Jay Landry, Youth Ambassador. "I'm really excited for the BC Winter Games and I want to help out. I want everyone in Penticton to get pumped to come out and watch the Games."

The Youth Ambassador's first rally was held at West Bench Elementary School where they were supported by the B.C. Archery Association who taught the students how to properly shoot an arrow.

"It has been very rewarding with all the volunteers I have met. I have met a lot of new friends and helping the kids getting pumped for the Games feels pretty good," said Landry.

He was joined by Youth Ambassador Jamie Lezard, an alumni of West Bench Elementary.

"The presentation went great and seeing the kids so enthusiastic about these Games is amazing. Seeing the smiles on their faces is great," said Lezard.

All of the sporting events during the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games (Feb. 25 to 28) are free for spectators.

Watch GlobalBC's broadcast of the Youth Ambassadors - Pumping up excitement for the BC Winter Games in Penticton

Read news coverage from the Penticton Western News -

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