Over the past two weeks, Team BC competed against the best athletes in the country at the 2017 Canada Summer Games and brought home a record setting 146 medals – the most medals Team BC has ever won at a Canada Summer Games. Team BC was second in the medal standings behind Team Ontario (212 medals) and ahead of Team Quebec (138 medals).
354 athletes, 52 coaches, 27 managers and technical support staff, and 22 mission staff proudly represented British Columbia at the Games which concluded Sunday in Winnipeg with a memorable Closing Ceremony at Investors Group Field. Titled “Grand Summer Party”, the ceremony celebrated both the Canada Games 50th anniversary and Canada 150 while highlighting the natural beauty of the host province and the vibrant culture of the City of Winnipeg.
Leading Team BC into the Closing Ceremony was 16-year-old Raben Dommann. The North Vancouver swimmer powered his way to eight medals, including five golds in the Pan Am Pool, part of the BC swim team’s 52-medal haul at the Games.
The City of Winnipeg, the communities of Gimli and Kenora, and the more than 6000 volunteers were incredible hosts for this anniversary edition of the Canada Games. In addition to exceptional venues and competitions, participants and visitors alike were treated to world-class entertainment at the Jeux du Canada Games Festival held at the Forks.
Many high-level athletes have launched their athletic careers through the BC Games and Team BC. 57 percent of Team BC at these Games were BC Games alumni and at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, 30 Team BC alumni were part of Team Canada. 2008 and 2012 Olympic medallist in swimming, Ryan Cochrane (Victoria), was the Honourary Captain for Team BC and is an alumnus of the 2005 Canada Summer Games.
Ravi Kahlon, Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism
“The 2017 Canada Summer Games has been an incredible success. During the last two weeks, B.C. athletes have excelled in their sports while building long lasting friendships with athletes from across Canada. The Games bring together the nation to celebrate sport and our young athletes abilities both on and off the field of play. Congratulations to all the athletes, coaches, support personnel, the Province of Manitoba and all the volunteers for hosting another successful Canada Summer Games.”
Rob Needham, Chef de Mission, Team BC
“Our Team BC athletes not only impressed on the field of play with a record setting medal count, they were also true ambassadors and representatives of British Columbia. Winnipeg promised us the hottest summer in half a century and delivered a Games that sizzled. From exceptional venues to first rate entertainment, our entire team thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”