Just days after the Olympic cauldron was extinguished in Vancouver, the BC Games cauldron was ignited in Terrace Thursday as 1,100 athletes from across the province marched into the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 BC Winter Games. North West zone athletes Tristan Walker and Sarah Peden passed the torch to Kitsumkalum matriarch Vera Dudoward, who lit the cauldron and announced, “Let the Games begin!”
Global TV personality and emcee Jay Janower introduced the athletes, who have come from all eight zones across the province to compete in 16 sports over the next three days. Many aspire to follow in the footsteps of the 12 BC Games alumni who competed in the Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler, including gold medalists Maelle Ricker (snowboard), Brent Seabrook (men’s hockey) and Denny Morrison (long track speed skating).
Following a traditional welcome to Tsimshian territory, the athletes were addressed by representatives of the local community, the BC Games Society and sponsors, each echoing the themes of determination, fair play and excellence. Youth ruled the evening, with young local musicians and dancers taking to the stage to provide an energetic kick-off to the Games.
Besides the athletes, 279 coaches, 174 technical officials and 1,850 local volunteers are in Terrace for what is BC’s largest winter multi-sport event and showcase of athleticism.
For a complete list of participants and competition results go to www.bcgames.org