After four days of exciting action, the 2018 BC Summer Games ended today in Cowichan. Over 2300 athletes competed in 18 sports at venues throughout the Cowichan Valley representing their home zones with determination and pride.

“Congratulations to all the athletes who competed in the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “Your dedication and achievements have inspired so many around the province and I know you will continue to accomplish great things on and off the field. No matter where you placed in competition, participating in sport builds skills that will help you achieve success in every area of your lives.”

The BC Summer Games concluded with the Closing Ceremony where athletes’ accomplishments were celebrated and coaches, officials and volunteers contributions were recognized.

MLA for Nanaimo and North Cowichan, Doug Routley presented the W.R. Bennett Award for Athletic Excellence to rugby athlete Maggie Banks from Vancouver Island-Central Coast Zone 6. A rising star in the sport of Rugby, Banks led her team to a gold medal finish at the 2018 BC Summer Games.

Cowichan lived up to its historical name “The Warm Land” with summer sun and welcoming hospitality from the volunteer force of 2300 greeting visitors from across the province and providing a memorable experience for everyone involved.

The BC Games are the starting point for many athletes as they pursue their goals and dreams of one day representing Canada on the world stage. A number of Olympians and Paralympians were involved in these Games as role models, mentors and administrators including Brent Hayden (swimming), Dave Calder (rowing), Sabrina Netty (athletics), Baeden Dolfo (athletics) and Richard Peter (wheelchair basketball).

“It is fitting that in our 40th Anniversary year, the BC Summer Games held in Cowichan celebrated years of success but, more importantly introduced many enhanced initiatives such as the involvement of Indigenous athletes and First Nations communities,” said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society. “I know the BC Games will continue to be an important opportunity for sport and community development in the years to come.”

The BC Games flag was passed to Darren Snider, President of the Fort St. John 2020 BC Winter Games.