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E-News - August 2016

August 2016

What a Games it was!  2700 volunteers welcomed over 3200 participants for four days of exciting action at the 2016 BC Summer Games in Abbotsford.  This month we now turn our attention to our alumni taking centre stage in Rio at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.  


Congratulations and Thank You!

Thank you Abbotsford

Participants and their families were treated to a sport event like no other at the 2016 BC Summer Games, and all served with a large helping of Abbotsford hospitality.

Thank you so much to the volunteers who contributed to the best ever BC Summer Games. Wherever I was over the weekend, volunteers were beaming and offering their services; athletes were thrilled as they competed on and in first class facilities; and families enjoyed the valley atmosphere.

While the BC Summer Games are about athlete and sport development, they have a profound effect on a city in terms of building capacity and confidence. Abbotsford has used past BC Games and other sport events to build a solid foundation of skilled volunteers, coupled with the important investments in sport infrastructure.

Residents of the City of Abbotsford should be very proud of your city and of your neighbours. Many thousands of people will long remember these BC Summer Games.  I know I will.

Kelly Mann
President and CEO
BC Games Society


W.R. Bennett Award Recipient

W.R. Bennett

Delta box lacrosse athlete Max Stalling, was announced as the recipient of the W.R. Bennett Award for Athletic Excellence for the 2016 BC Summer Games.

The W.R. Bennett Award for Athletic Excellence recognizes one BC Summer Games athlete for their achievement in sport and leadership.  Stalling was nominated by BC Lacrosse and chosen by a BC Games Society selection panel.


Coast Capital Savings Leadership Bursary

CCS Bursary

16 outstanding youth leaders were recognized with a Coast Capital Savings Leadership Bursary at the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 BC Summer Games in Abbotsford.

The bursary recipients were chosen from over 200 applicants for their significant achievements in sport and education and most importantly for their leadership contributions to their schools, community, or sport associations. The recipients are from communities across the province and their leadership involvement includes service with student councils, community events, food banks, fundraising, coaching, and officiating, to name a few.


BC Games TV

BC Games TV

Over the four days of the BC Summer Games, BC Games TV went behind the scenes to meet with athletes, coaches, officials, administrators, alumni, elected officials, and others to share some of the inspiring, untold Games stories.

BC Games TV is a joint initiative between viaSport and the BC Games Society with the ultimate goal of building more exposure for amateur sport in BC.

Learn more and watch all episodes including the new 2016 BC Summer Games wrap up feature here.


37 Alumni at Olympic Games

Alumni in Rio

When the Olympic Summer Games get underway in Rio there will be some Team Canada athletes who will remember that their journey to the ultimate multisport Games began right here at home in British Columbia.

37 of Team Canada’s athletes have competed at the BC Games or were part of Team BC at the Canada Games. These competitive opportunities serve as an important part of the athlete development pathway and inspire athletes to pursue their sport to the highest levels.

Go Canada Go!


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Catch up on the Action

Black Press & Global BC

The Abbotsford News and Black Press captured the stories of the BC Summer Games.  You can read all the stories online here.

Squire Barnes and Global BC covered the BC Summer Games.  Catch up on the stories and interviews here.




This is your last chance to pick up a souvenir to remember the 2016 BC Summer Games. Official merchandise is available for purchase online until August 7.  Check out the online store here. 


PSO Meeting

PSO Meeting

PSO representatives are invited to register now for our biennial PSO meeting!

Wednesday October 26
3:00pm - 7:00pm
Creekside Community Centre
1 Athletes Way, Vancouver

Register online here.


2017 Canada Summer Games

2017 CSG

We are now one year away from the hottest summer in half a century!  The 2017 Canada Summer Games will take place in Winnipeg, July 28-Aug 13 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games and Canada's 150th birthday. 

Check out the details here.


BC Games experience a benefit in Rio

Rod McCormick

Rod McCormick was the Operations Manager for the 2014 BC Winter Games and is now in Rio working as part of the organizing committee.  Here are a few of this thoughts about how the BC Games prepared him for this role.

"The BC Games has prepared me well for my experiences here in Rio and I wanted to tell you just how good of a job you do and how well run the BC Games Society is in helping the communities be successful.

Your template has served me well here in Rio as I am finding much of the process to be very familiar. The community is different, the people are different, but the formula is very consistent."

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