The BC Games Society has launched the bid process to select communities to host the BC Winter and BC Summer Games in 2020 and 2022.
Bid packages have been sent to community mayors across the Province. Bidding communities are required to submit information on event hosting history, available venues for sport and accommodation, and evidence of community support. The deadline for bid submissions is September 9, 2016. “These Games are an important showcase for young athletes in this province,” says Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
“In addition, previous experience demonstrates that hosting cities and towns become stronger communities through volunteer development and economic benefits that result from the staging of the Games.” With a history dating back to 1978, the BC Winter and BC Summer Games are British Columbia’s premier multi-sport events and feature our best young athletes, and developing coaches and officials. The BC Games are a galvanizing force that build volunteer and community capacity and contribute to positive long-term legacies.“Hosting the BC Games is considered a highlight in a community’s history,” says Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society.
“The tremendous energy and community engagement that is generated provides memorable experiences for athletes and citizens alike.”The 2016 BC Winter Games will take place in Penticton this February and the 2016 BC Summer Games in Abbotsford in July. Kamloops will host the 2018 BC Winter Games and the Cowichan Valley will host the 2018 BC Summer Games.