CONTRIBUTION · 18th February 2010
Yes, it is 24 years ago that the 1986 British Columbia Winter Games (BCWG'86) were held in Terrace, the first and only other occasion that we have hosted them.
We had a great time due to the hard work of a huge number of citizens of Terrace. Gary Baker was the president of the Terrace BCWG'86, Bobbie Phillips was the operation manager and working with them, too numerous to name, were over 2000 volunteers. Many of these volunteers still reside in Terrace and continue to be involved in community affairs up to today. I believe Terrace even had help from Kitimat because there was only the one arena available in Terrace then.
The Game's flame was lit on a very cold day, but it was buzzing and warm during the week of the games, Feb. 27 - Mar. 2/86. When the opening ceremonies took place, there were a number of dignitaries at the arena including many politicians, even Bernie Pascall, the well known sportscaster who acted as the Master of Ceremonies.
The arena was packed with nearly 3000 individuals, which included about 2300 athletes and their coaches from around the province. Paul Clark who had just been chosen the 1986 Disabled Athlete of the Year by Sports BC, and Tammy Gray, a disabled athlete who had won 9 medals in the 1985 BC Summer Games ignited the flame at the ceremonies.
During the week the athletes and coaches were kept busy with competition, provided with meals, and a comfortable place to sleep whether it be in a school classroom or at a local's home. Schools were decorated with a winter games theme. There was also a variety of other events going on in town that included entertainment, history, arts & crafts. We even had our own unofficial mascot of the games, Kodie Kermode, wandering from one event to another bestowing support to the athletes.
This event produced a boost to the local economy, and brought about upgrades in sports facilities and new equipment. When the games were over, Terracites knew they had put on a great show and now had the confidence that they could put on any event.
Hopefully the BCWG 2010 will be just as exciting. If it is to be, the BCWG 2010 needs your support. Volunteer and help to make it as good as the BCWG'86 if not better. Clicking on the 2010 ad on the lower right of this page or the banner at the top of the front page wll take you direct to the 2010 site where you can register to volunteer.
If you were living in the Terrace area at the time of the BCWG'86, and have a story to tell about the games or a photo to share, send it into Merv. merv,,,northwebpress.com
Check out the windows of a store at the southwest corner of Lazelle and Kalum for some local sports history that has just recently gone up.
Two more postings with pictures of the 1986 BC Winter Games n Terrace are above this article.
Kodie Kermode enters the arena.
Athletes receive their medals.
Sue Walker (now Simpson) read the athlete's oath.
Do you recognize any of the hostess dressed in white and green?