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E-News - January 2016
BC Games ENews

January 2016

The Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games are now less than 50 days away!  Across the province, athletes and coaches are participating in qualification events and in Penticton volunteers are busy getting ready for their arrival.  Lists of registered participants will be available after January 25.


William R. Bennett Remembered

W.R. Bennett

The BC Games Society lost a great friend in December.  Mr. William R. Bennett passed away at age 83.  Mr. Bennett founded the BC Games in 1978 while he was Premier of the Province.  He believed in providing "an opportunity to bring all parts of BC together, large and small communities, in the spirit of sport and friendship."

The BC Games are back in the first-ever host community of Penticton this winter and current volunteer Marge Noble, remembers fondly those Games in 1978 when she had the opportunity to meet Mr. Bennett as part of her role as Host Chair.


Coast Capital Savings Leadership Bursary

CCS Bursary

The BC Games Society and Coast Capital Savings have teamed up once again to support the pursuit of achievement through a bursary program. Athletes (and youth coaches and officials) taking part in the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games can apply to receive one of 16 bursaries in the amount of $500.

“Coast Capital Savings is excited to sponsor these bursaries as part of our commitment to building richer futures for youth in our communities,” said Wendy Lachance, Director of Community Leadership at Coast Capital Savings. “The dedication these young people show in pursuing excellence as athletes, students, and community leaders is inspirational.”


G2G (Guide to the Games) Sessions


Athletes, coaches, officials, and parents getting ready for the 2016 BC Winter Games will have the opportunity to attend G2G sessions.  Offered in 12 communities and supported by Black Press, these presentations will provide an overview of what to expect at the BC Games and how to prepare to have the best experience possible.  The sessions run February 1-11 and are free of charge but pre-registration is required.


Abbotsford Community Awareness Event

Rise Above Reach Beyond

The countdown is on for the 2016 BC Summer Games in Abbotsford, and later this month organizers are set to get the word out in a big way. Games officials are putting together a community awareness event on January 23, with the goal being to increase the awareness base of the event and attract volunteers.


Team Canada's Assistant Chef de Mission

Carol Huynh

She won our hearts with her gold medal performance in wrestling at the 2008 Olympic Games and Carol Huynh of Hazelton, BC has continued to be an inspiration and leader in sport.  We are proud to count Carol as one of our distinguished alumni having competed for the North West zone at the 1996 BC Summer Games.

Carol will now take her considerable multi-sport Games experience to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as the Assistant Chef de Mission for Team Canada.


Upcoming Games


Quick Links


Key Dates


2016 BC Winter Games, February 25-28

Opening Ceremony, Feb 25 7:00pm - 9:00pm
South Okanagan Events Centre

Closing Ceremony, Feb 28, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
South Okanagan Events Centre




Pick up a souvenir to remember the 2016 BC Winter Games. Official merchandise is available for purchase online as well as at the Games. 

Check out the online store here.


Guide to the Games

Guide to the Games

The Guide to the Games for the 2016 BC Winter Games is now available online. 

This booklet will be mailed to every athlete, coach, and official after the registration deadline and contains important information about the Games and how to prepare.  Have a look! 


Promotion Plus Leadership Award

Promotion Plus

A partnership between the BC Games Society and ProMotion Plus will see one leadership award presented in conjunction with the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games.

The award will identify, recognize and celebrate somone who has supported girls and/or women to participate more fully in physical activity or sport.

Nomination deadline is February 1, 2016


BC Sport Conference

BC Sport Conference

Coaches - don't miss the
BC Sport Conference!  Register by January 11.

Conference participants will receive lunch and refreshments, three NCCP professional development credits, and an opportunity to network with coaches of different sports from across BC.

Saturday, January 16, 2016
Burnaby, BC


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