Competition in 17 Sports to get underway in Penticton

Competition in 17 Sports to get underway in Penticton

Author: BC Games Society/Saturday, February 20, 2016/Categories: Alpine Skiing, Archery, Badminton, Artistic Gymnastics, Basketball - Special Olympics, Biathlon, Curling, Cross Country Skiing, Diving, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Judo, Karate, Netball, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Ringette, Speed Skating, Wheelchair Basketball

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The time is now for 1738 of BC's best emerging high performance athletes, coaches and officials as they converge in Penticton for the 2016 BC Winter Games. 

1224 athletes have trained and qualified to represent one of eight zones at the Games.  They will be supported by 330 coaches and 184 officials.

Competition gets underway on Friday February 26 at venues throughout Penticton, Apex Mountain, Summerland and West Kelowna.

The BC Winter Games are a first step for young athletes as they progress through the sport development pathway.  This first multi-sport experience can lead to future succes son provincial teams, on Team BC at the Canada Games or perhaps one day on a national team a the Olympic or Paralympic Games. 


Fast Facts:

•    This is the 29th BC Winter Games and the fourth time the City of Penticton has hosted including the very first BC Summer Games in 1978.
•    February 25-28 has been officially declared BC Winter Games week
•    1738 participants including 1224 athletes, 330 coaches, 184 officials
•    17 sports including four sports for athletes with a disability
•    Participants represent one of eight geographic zones in the province
•    Able-body athletes range in age from 9-17 years old depending on the sport
•    1800 community volunteers plan and stage the Games with support from the BC Games Society
•    55% of Team BC athletes at the 2015 Canada Winter Games were BC Games alumni
•    18 BC Games alumni competed for Team Canada at the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
•    BC Games alumna and 2010 Olympian, Kristi Richards of Summerland, will speak to the participants at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 BC Winter Games.

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