Torch Lighting Ceremony lights up the night at SOEC!
To mark just over 100 days to go until the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games the symbolic flame will be lit that will welcome up to 2,000 participants to the community.
Organizers and civic dignitaries invite the community to join in a spirited celebration in the countdown to the Opening Ceremony.
The official Torch Lighting Ceremony will be held Thursday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. outside of the South Okanagan Events Centre on the plaza. Spectators will be treated to a variety of local entertainment, including Gypsy and the Rose Band, Beamer Wigley, Nikita Afonso, Outma Sqilx’W Cultural School Children’s Choir, Queen’s Park Choir, Keremeos Drummers, Fiddlekids with Balkey Irish Dancers, Black Widow Rope Spinners and more!
“The Torch Lighting Ceremony is a major milestone in the lead-up to Penticton’s event, marking just over 100 days until the 2016 BC Winter Games officially begin,” said President Bill Bidlake. “Come join the excitement as we light the official cauldron that will welcome and inspire athletes from all over the province.”
“The countdown to the 2016 BC Winter Games begins with the lighting of the torch,” Penticton MLA Dan Ashton said. “I enthusiastically join Penticton residents in their excitement about the Games, which will be a great, unifying force for our city and a showcase for B.C.’s top young athletes.”
The BC Winter Games showcase BC’s best young developing athletes. The BC Winter Games provide a unique opportunity for athletes to experience provincial competition in a multi-sport Games setting, taking the first step towards the national and international stage.
Competition will take place over four days in 17 sports such as badminton, biathlon, basketball, curling, diving, figure skating, gymnastics, judo, karate, skiing and speed skating, plus more.
The Torch Lighting Ceremony will be held in the southwest parking lot of the South Okanagan Events Centre (the lot between the flag poles and Alberni Street). Vehicles are asked to enter the site from the Vees Drive roundabout. A barbecue will be held starting at 5:30 p.m., with the official program start at 6:30 p.m.
Approximately 2,000 volunteers will be involved with the Games – and a variety of roles are available. Positions are available in all 14 Directorates: Accommodation, Administration, Ceremonies, Communications, Food Services, Friends of the Games, Medical, Promotions, Protocol, Registration & Results, Security, Special Events, Sport and Transportation.
People can sign up two ways:
• Online: Go to www.bcgames.org and click on the flashing “Volunteer now” button. You can select the directorate of your choice – drawing on your skills.
• Phone: Call the BC Winter Games office at 250-492-2026.
• In person: stop by the BC Winter Games office at 90-246 Martin St. to register on site.
Be a Friend of the Games
Does your business have Game? This is huge undertaking will bring over 2,000 young athletes, coaches, officials and families to the South Okanagan, resulting in significant economic impact for local businesses.
Sponsorship with cash and in-kind donations will leave an important legacy to your community. Contact Edgar Yost, Co-Chair of Friends of The Games, 250-809-4764, firstname.lastname@example.org or Tim Broesch, Co-Chair Friends of the Games, 250-490-5487, or Tony Acland at email@example.com 250-486-5518.
About the Games
This will be the fourth time Penticton has hosted the BC Games. The city was the host of the inaugural BC Summer Games in 1978, the 1990 BC Winter Games and the 1995 BC Summer Games.
Penticton has first-class sport facilities and a wealth of volunteer experience – including hosting the inaugural BC Summer Games in 1978. The Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games will prove to be a memorable event for BC’s best developing athletes, coaches, and officials from Feb. 25 to 28, 2016.
For more information, visit www.bcgames.org.