Prince George selected to host the 2022 BC Summer Games

Author: BC Games Society/Friday, March 10, 2017/Categories: 2017 News

Prince George selected to host the 2022 BC Summer Games
Prince George – On behalf of the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Peter Fassbender, Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount and Mike Morris, MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie, announced today that the City of Prince George will host the 2022 BC Summer Games.

Prince George hosted the BC Summer Games in 1990, the BC Winter Games in 1981 and more recently, the tremendously successful 2015 Canada Winter Games, which mobilized 4,900 volunteers and left a legacy of $1.1 million for sport and community development programs and a local economic impact of $83 million.

The BC Summer Games are an important developmental milestone for B.C.’s emerging high performance athletes.  Over 3,700 athletes, coaches, managers and officials will participate in approximately 18 sports.  Athletes such as Prince George’s own Megan Tandy (biathlon) and Alyxandria Treasure (athletics) competed at the BC Games as a first step towards success at the Olympic Games.  

BC Games host communities benefit from direct economic impact, community and sport development legacies as well as the opportunity to engage volunteers in a celebration of community pride. The Games will be organized and staged by a community Board of Directors and up to 3,000 volunteers.

Three other communities were announced as hosts of future BC Games in separate events held simultaneously today.  The 2020 BC Winter Games will take place in Fort St. John, the 2020 BC Summer Games in Maple Ridge, and the 2022 BC Winter Games in Greater Vernon.  

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the BC Games with the BC Winter Games taking place in Kamloops and the BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley.

Quotes:
Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount –

“Prince George has gained an excellent reputation as a host city. The opportunity to host the 2022 BC Summer Games will mean that thousands of visitors will experience our Northern hospitality, our excellent venues and leave significant economic, social and community benefits.”

Mike Morris, MLA for Prince George – Mackenzie –
“Once again, Prince George will welcome athletes to our great city as we prepare to host the 2022 BC Summer Games. Our city has a strong reputation for hosting sporting events and the Games will bring incredible energy and excitement to the community as it prepares to see B.C.’s up and coming athletes.”

Lyn Hall, Mayor of Prince George
“Less than three months after announcing that Prince George will host its first world championships, the 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships, here we are announcing another multi-sport Games that build off what we accomplished with the 2015 Canada Winter Games.  We can’t wait to join with others such as School District 57 to welcome BC’s best up-and-coming athletes to our City.  Thank you to the BC Games Society and to the hard work of our partners – Tourism Prince George and the Regional District of Fraser Fort George – who joined with us to develop a bid that showcases our community, our people, and our world-class venues.”

Kelly Mann, President and CEO, BC Games Society
“We are excited to see the BC Games return to Prince George and to provide new development opportunities for your summer sports.  This community has grown and learned from hosting the nation at the 2015 Canada Winter Games and we know that the experience and expertise of volunteers will be vital to staging another successful multisport event.”   

Quick Facts:
  • Up to 2,800 athletes along with 550 coaches and 375 officials participate in the BC Summer Games.
  • Athletes range in age from 9-19 years depending on the sport.  The average age of the athletes is 14.
  • There will be competition in approximately 18 sports including competition for athletes with a disability.
  • 3,000 community volunteers will be involved in planning and staging the Games.
  • The BC Summer Games are held every two years in the even calendar year.
  • The 2022 BC Summer Games will be held July 21-24, 2022.
  • The estimated economic impact of the BC Summer Games is $2.0 million.
  • The B.C. government contributes over $2 million annually to the BC Games Society to support the BC Summer and BC Winter Games – part of over $40 million invested annually to encourage British Columbians to be physically active and to support a “performance pathway” for athletes, coaches and support personnel

Learn More:

For information about the BC Games Society and the bid process please visit this link.

About the BC Games Society
The BC Games Society is the leadership organization that guides the BC Winter and BC Summer Games and prepares Team BC for national multi-sport Games.  Since 1978, the BC Games have taken place in 38 communities and brought together thousands of athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and spectators in celebration of sport and community excellence.  It is a milestone event that people count as an exceptional experience where memories, friendships, spirit, and pride are abundant.

Media Contacts:
Lia Threlfall
Communications Manager
BC Games Society
250-812-3887
liat@bcgames.org

Michael Kellett
Senior Communications Officer
City of Prince George
250.614.7882
michael.kellett@princegeorge.ca

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