Join the BC Winter Games celebrations for FREE

Join the BC Winter Games celebrations for FREE

Author: BC Winter Games/Tuesday, February 9, 2016/Categories: 2016 BC Winter Games

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Opening and Closing Ceremony

PENTICTON – Let the celebrations begin! 

The Opening Ceremony will kick off the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games on Thursday, Feb. 25 — featuring a jam-packed evening of entertainment and sports inspiration. 

The entire community is invited to welcome the 1,738 participants descending on the city from across the province.

Olympian and BC Games alumna Kristi Richards will share her experience of how competition in the BC Winter Games was a milestone in her athletic career, which  included competing in the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino and 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. Richards, who grew up in Summerland, has competed in three world championships, including being crowned the 2007 world champion in moguls. She has earned nine medals and 22 top-10 finishes in World Cups, as well as being a two-time national moguls champion.

“Kristi’s story is an excellent example of the significance of the BC Games. These  multi-sport events are incredible opportunities for athletes to compete at a high level early in their athletic careers, inspiring them to move on to even higher levels,” said Bill Bidlake, President of the 2016 BC Winter Games. “We would love for the SOEC stands to be packed with people as competitors mark the beginning of the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games.”

The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. and will be jam-packed with entertainment. Global BC sports reporter Shanel Pratap will MC the event. The Beamer Wigley Band will warm up the crowd at 6:30 p.m. and Gypsy and the Rose join the Queens Park Elementary School Choir in the ceremony to sing the Games song, "Do You Believe." Also performing are Okanagan Dance Studio and Balance School of Arts.

Tickets are free, and will be available to the public starting on Feb. 15. Drop by the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC or order online at (service fees apply to online orders).

Award-winning hip hop artist Kasp will MC the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m. He will be joined by an incredible lineup of artists including Cosmic Brew, Black Widow Rope Spinners, Nikita Afonso and Rylan Wheeler. This event is also free, no ticket required, and is rush seating.

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. Competition will take place over four days in 17 sports. 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.  For more information, visit


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