About 2,800 athletes will descend on Prince George in July, 2022, for the B.C. Summer Games.
Prince George, along with Fort St. John, Maple Ridge, and Greater Vernon, were announced as host cities for the 2020 and 2022 BC Winter and Summer Games this morning. These games bring together athletes, coaches, officials, spectators and visitors, and result in significant economic benefits to the regions over the four days of competition.
“Less than three months after announcing that Prince George will host its first world championships, the 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships, here we are announcing another multi-sport games that build off what we accomplished with the 2015 Canada Winter Games,” said Mayor Lyn Hall. “We can’t wait to join with others such as School District 57 to welcome B.C.’s best up-and-coming athletes to our city. Thank you to the BC Games Society and to the hard work of our partners – Tourism Prince George and the Regional District of Fraser Fort George – who joined with us to develop a bid that showcases our community, our people, and our world-class venues.”
The Prince George games will see athletes compete in 18 different sports.
Athletes such as Prince George’s own Megan Tandy (biathlon) and Alyxandria Treasure (athletics) competed at the BC Games as a first step towards success at the Olympic Games.
Prince George hosted the BC Summer Games in 1990, the BC Winter Games in 1981 and more recently, the tremendously successful 2015 Canada Winter Games, which mobilized 4,900 volunteers and left a legacy of $1.1 million for sport and community development programs and a local economic impact of $83 million.
“Prince George has gained an excellent reputation as a host city,” said Prince George Valemount MLA Shirley Bond. “The opportunity to host the 2022 BC Summer Games will mean that thousands of visitors will experience our northern hospitality, our excellent venues and leave significant economic, social and community benefits.”
BC Games host communities benefit from direct economic impact, community and sport development legacies as well as the opportunity to engage volunteers in a celebration of community pride. The games will be organized and staged by a community board of directors and up to 3,000 volunteers.
“Once again, Prince George will welcome athletes to our great city as we prepare to host the 2022 BC Summer Games,” said Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris. “Our city has a strong reputation for hosting sporting events and the games will bring incredible energy and excitement to the community as it prepares to see B.C.’s up and coming athletes.”
Three other communities were announced as hosts of future BC Games in separate events held simultaneously today. The 2020 BC Winter Games will take place in Fort St. John, the 2020 BC Summer Games in Maple Ridge, and the 2022 BC Winter Games in Greater Vernon.
“We are excited to see the BC Games return to Prince George and to provide new development opportunities for your summer sports,” said Kelly Mann, president and CEO of the BC Games Society. “This community has grown and learned from hosting the nation at the 2015 Canada Winter Games and we know that the experience and expertise of volunteers will be vital to staging another successful multi-sport event.”
- Up to 2,800 athletes along with 550 coaches and 375 officials participate in the BC Summer Games.
- Athletes range in age from nine-19 years old depending on the sport. The average age of the athletes is 14.
- There will be competition in approximately 18 sports including competition for athletes with a disability.
- 3,000 community volunteers will be involved in planning and staging the Games.
- The BC Summer Games are held every two years in the even calendar year.
- The 2022 BC Summer Games will be held July 21-24, 2022.
- The estimated economic impact of the BC Summer Games is $2.0 million.