NEWS RELEASE · 25th July 2010
BC Games News Service
The Township of Langley 2010 BC Summer Games came to a close Sunday with the passing of the BC Games flag from the Township of Langley to Greater Vernon, host of the 2012 Summer Games.
Three-time Paralympic swimmer Donovan Tildesley emceed the ceremony that paid tribute to the Township of Langley, its 2,812 Games volunteers, and the 2,461 athletes who travelled from around the province to compete in 23 sports. The average age of athlete was 14, and included Special Olympics athletes and athletes with a disability in the sports of swimming, equestrian, boccia, athletics.
“We know that this first multisport experience for the athletes will be something they will draw on as they move forward in their sport careers.” said BC Games Society President and CEO Kelly Mann.
“The Township of Langley has so much to be proud of,” said Mann. “All weekend I heard amazing stories of volunteers going above and beyond to aid the participants. And the Township can be doubly proud of the very incredible sport facilities they invested in.”
Zone 6 Vancouver Island-Central Coast athletes took home a total of 170 medals, three ahead of the host Zone 3 Fraser Valley. Highlights of the weekend included competition in lacrosse, which made its debut in the BC Games. After a ten-year hiatus, canoe/kayak was back in the games with the young athletes demonstrating the depth of talent in the sport.
Athletics competitor and double gold medalist Georgia Ellenwood of Langley received the W.R. Bennett Award for Athletic Excellence which recognizes one BC Summer Games athlete for their achievement in sport. Attending her first BC Games, she was also a torch bearer in the Opening Ceremonies. “It means a lot,” she said of the award, which comes with a $2,500 bursary. “I thought I performed well but I didn’t expect to get this award.” She was presented the award at the closing ceremonies by local MLA Rich Coleman, the Minister of Housing and Social Development.
The President of the Township of Langley 2010 BC Summer Games Society, Michael Jackstien said, “Our goal has been to leave a legacy to be proud of, and today, as the Games draw to a close, I can say that we have accomplished that goal and that we have put on the best Games possible. And much of the credit has to go to our incredible volunteers.”
“I think the Board of Directors went into this knowing that, if the community rallied around, we could put on the best Games possible,” said Jackstien. “In fact, the Township, the school board, all of our corporate and funding sponsors and Friends of the Games, more than came through with their support.
The BC Games are a stepping stone to higher level competitions for many young athletes who go on to represent their sport on Team BC at the Western Canada Summer Games or Canada Games and/or to compete at other national and international events, including the Olympic and Paralympic Games.