Surrey plays host to 2012 B.C. Summer Games
There’s baseball players, soccer enthusiasts, volleyballers, hoopsters . . . and that’s just fro the West Kootenay.
Kootenay athletes join counterparts from throughout the province in Surrey this weekend for the 2012 B.C. Summer Games.
More than 2,600 athletes, their coaches and families are in Surrey for opening ceremonies Thursday.
Competition begins Friday and runs through until Sunday’s closing ceremonies.
“The B.C. Summer Games provide an excellent opportunity for young athletes to test their skills and abilities through healthy competition,” said Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts.
“Our community has once again come together in a collaborative spirit, and I want to thank the thousands of volunteers who are helping us put on a world-class event.”
Some fast facts on the 2012 Games:
- 2,366 athletes, 474 coaches and 323 officials will participate in the BC Summer Games.
- As many as 3,000 volunteers will contribute to the Games.
- The average age of the athletes is 14 years.
- 20 sports are included in the Games.
- 2,000 medals will be awarded in 284 medal presentation ceremonies.
- One coach with each Zone Team is required to be a fully certified NCCP Level 2 coach in his or her sport.
- Based on data from past Games, the estimated economic impact to the host community is $2.6 million.
- Volunteers will prepare more than 32,000 meals over the course of the Games.
- Surrey School District 36 has offered the use of area schools for athlete accommodation.
- The City of Surrey previously has hosted the BC Summer Games in 1989 and the BC Seniors Games in 2001.
See the list of Kootenay athletes at: http://www.bcgames.net/results/default.aspx#P_Grid