VIDEO: A look back at the 2018 BC Games

Video and photo montage of the summer games in the Cowichan Valley, July 19-22

After four days of exciting action the 2018 BC Summer Games have officially wrapped up.

Nearly 2,400 athletes along with 452 coaches, 264 officials and thousands of parents and sports fans travelled to Vancouver Island and the Cowichan Valley from July 19-22. They came to either take part in or watch 18 sports inside gymnasiums and aquatic centres or on athletic fields, riding arenas and local lakes or ocean.

“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 Games have always been a stepping stone for young athletes in the province as they move on to national and international competition such as the Canada Games or even the Olympics. Local athletes such as Brent Hayden (swimming), Carol Huynh (wrestling), Georgia Simmerling (ski cross and cycling), Richard Peter (wheelchair basketball) and Michelle Stillwell (wheelchair athletics) have all competed at the BC Games before going on to represent Canada on the world stage.

READ MORE: BC Games wrap – Day 1

READ MORE: BC Games wrap – Day 2

READ MORE: BC Games wrap – Day 3

This year the W.R. Bennett Award for Athletic Excellence went to rugby athlete Maggie Banks of the Vancouver Island-Central Coast Zone 6. She is a rising star in the sport, trains with the women’s national team and led her team to a gold medal finish at the Games.

And it wasn’t just the athletes making a difference in the community. There were also 2,300 volunteers who came out and greeted visitors, provided security, marshalled athletes, handed out medals and prepared and served 32,000 meals over the four days.

2018 marked the 40th anniversary of the BC Games, which began in Penticton in 1978.

Duncan and the North Cowichan had previously hosted the 1991 BC Winter Games and the region has also hosted the BC Seniors Games and North American Indigenous Games in the past.

The province of British Columbia anticipated an economic impact of $2 million injected into the community, based on a study of the 2014 BC Summer Games in Nanaimo.

At the closing ceremony on Sunday afternoon, the BC Games flag was passed to Darren Snider, President of the Fort St. John organizing committee that will host the BC Winter Games in 2020.

– With video files from Arnold Lim



ragnar.haagen@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Duncan Lanes bowlers take on the best in B.C.

The best results for the Cowichan Valley bowlers came in the intermediate girls division

Sonia Furstenau column: Now the time to make changes for the better

This coronavirus has given us opportunity to identify what matters most in our day-to-day lives.

A second wave of COVID-19 is probable, if history tells us anything

B.C.’s top doctor says that what health officials have learned this round will guide response in future

Drivesmart column: Staying on your side of the road

No exemptions that grant permission to disobey the keeping to the right rule based on convenience.

Mary Lowther column: Starting seeds to beat the slugs, wood bugs

My favourite sorts of seedling starters are the plastic cells that fit inside trays

LIVE: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

RCMP facing ‘systemic sustainability challenges’ due to provincial policing role

Provinces, territories and municipalities pay anywhere from 70 to 90 per cent of the cost of the RCMP’s services

One man dead after standoff with Chilliwack RCMP

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the RCMP’s role in the death

B.C. employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart

A survey found 75 per cent of businesses worry about attracting customers

Ex-BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver says province came close to early election

Disagreement centred on the LNG Canada project in northern B.C.

Canada’s NHL teams offer options to season-ticket holders

Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money

B.C. premier says lessons to learn from past racism during response to pandemic

B.C. formally apologized in the legislature chamber in 2008 for its role in the Komagata Maru tragedy

Snowbirds to remain at Kamloops Airport indefinitely after fatal crash

small contingent of the Snowbirds team is staying in Kamloops, acting as stewards of the jets

Most Read