Planning underway for Surrey 2012 BC Summer Games

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November 18, 2010

Planning underway for Surrey 2012 BC Summer Games

                                             

Today marked the first official meeting for the planning of the Surrey 2012 BC Summer Games.  BC Games Society President and CEO, Kelly Mann, met with City of Surrey Mayor, Dianne Watts, and members of the nominations committee to begin the process of establishing the Board of Directors to lead the 2012 BC Summer Games. 

“The City of Surrey is excited to host the 2012 BC Summer Games, which will promote physical activity and celebrate sport in our community,” says Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts.  “We are working in close partnership with School District 36, and I know that with our state-of-the-art facilities, civic pride, and spirit the Games will be a resounding success.”

Also announced today are the sports that will be a part of the 2012 BC Summer Games. Athletes will compete in 21 sports including Athletics, Baseball, Basketball, Canoe/Kayak, Diving, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Golf, Inline Hockey, Box Lacrosse, Field Lacrosse, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Synchronized Swimming, Swimming, Towed Water Sports, Triathlon, Volleyball, and Wrestling.  Athletes with a disability will compete in Athletics, Equestrian, and Swimming.  Up to 3881 athletes, coaches, and officials will take part in the Games which will take place July 19-22, 2012. 

“The BC Games are a vital step in the sport development pathway and bring together the best young athletes in the province,” said Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. “B.C. already has an international reputation for excellence in sport hosting and the BC Games give Surrey the opportunity to gain experience in hosting, while showcasing our city to the rest of the province.”

Provincial Sport Organizations are key partners of the BC Games Society.  The sports in the Games are all led by organizations who have demonstrated their commitment to athlete development, coaching certification, and officials’ education.  The BC Games provide a valuable multisport competition opportunity for young athletes that can be the first step on their way to national and international success.   

“The international success we have seen from B.C. athletes speaks volumes to the opportunities they have been given through the provincial sport system,” said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society.  “Attending the BC Games with the support of Provincial Sport Organizations is a critical step in an athlete’s development.”

Information on the criteria for sport selection and the complete sport package for the 2012 BC Summer Games is available at www.bcgames.org

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