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NEWS RELEASE · 22nd February 2010
BC Winter Games
The community of Terrace will host British Columbia’s best and brightest developing athletes.

With an average athlete age of 14 to 15 years, the BC Games are an important step for athletes towards provincial and national team programs. We expect to see many of these young stars compete on the international stage in the years to come. Forty-three percent of the athletes from BC on Canada’s 2010 Winter Olympic Team have competed at a previous BC Games.

The following athletes have participated at previous games in BC;

Britt Janyk - Alpine Skiing - Penticton 1995 Summer Games

Georgia Simmerling - Alpine Skiing - Williams Lake 2002 Winter Games

Megan Tandy - Biathlon - Williams Lake 2002 BC Winter Games

Justin Kripps - Bobsleigh - Nanaimo 2002 Summer Games

George Grey - Cross-Country Skiing - Smithers 1994 Winter Games

Cody Hay - Figure Skating - Campbell River 1997 Winter Games

Julia Murray - Freestyle Skiing - Quesnel 2000 Winter Games

Kristi Richards - Freestyle Skiing - Comox 1995 Winter Games

Kelsey Serwa - Freestyle Skiing - Williams Lake 2002 BC Winter Games

Brent Seabrook - Hockey - Quesnel 2000 Winter Games

Denny Morrison - Long Track Speed Skating - Quesnel 2000 Winter Games

Maëlle Ricker - Snowboard - Port Alberni 1992 Summer Games and
Chilliwack 1993 Summer Games

High performance athletes understand the importance of an integrated sport system that assists in their development. Canadian Olympic cross country skier and BC Games alumni George Grey sees the BC Games as part of that system, “Whether its the Olympics or the BC Games, learning to stay focused with such a hectic schedule and so many other activities going on around you is a big part of competing at a multi sport games. The experience of the BC Winter Games was an important stepping stone on my way to the Olympic Winter Games in Torino and Vancouver.”

Joining the 1100 athletes will be 279 coaches, and 174 technical officials. Sixteen sports will be hosted at venues throughout Terrace and Kitimat.