The Games don’t just happen. They are a multi-sport event that takes multiple years to plan and a broad and diverse team of people to see them to fruition.
Communities like Prince George raise their hands and bid for the Games (up to seven years in advance), committing venues, financial support, and resources. School Districts open the doors to their schools to ensure competition venues and accommodation sites are available.
Planning gets underway about two years out when a volunteer Board is established. The Directors oversee all logistical and operational areas and together with 80 committee chairs they put all details into place. It’s all volunteer-led and volunteer-driven. In the final lead up to the Games and at Games-time thousands of volunteers give hours and hours of their time and an incredible amount of effort to ensure participants are fed, transported, safe, and accommodated, not to mention have a venue fit for competition, are entertained at ceremonies and events, have access to photos as keepsakes, and so much more! It takes the whole community to stage the Games. In the end over 2200 volunteers helped supported the 2022 BC Summer Games!
Businesses and organization support with resources, product, volunteers, and cash. They ensure the best possible environment is created for the Games.
Provincial Sport Organizations are key partners in the Games. Once included in the Games sports are accountable to the BC Games Society Core Sport policy. From athlete selection to registration, to coach identification, to appointing officials, they bring their technical expertise to ensure competitions are viable and meaningful. They set the stage for athletes to make the most out of the Games.
Officials are an integral part of competition. Without officials giving up their time, most sport competitions could not take place. Officials provide guidance and ensure competition is conducted in a safe and fair manner.
Prior to the Games parents support and enhance their children’s sport pursuits and during the Games the are they lead the cheers, whether at the Games or from afar.
Community sport clubs create the foundation for athletes, providing skill development, facility access, and training and competitive opportunities. They help athletes to prepare for their Games experience.
The head coaches, assistant coaches, mentor coaches, and adult supervisors – a special group of volunteers. The guidance and support they provide in competition is so very important and for the Games its so much more than that! They commit in a big way when it comes to the Games. It takes a great deal of time and commitment from selection process to training and they are also there for the entire Games weekend. They travel with, eat with, and supervise their athletes from the time they depart home until they return home. They show up. They step up. They lead. They are instrumental in creating this opportunity for athletes.
The Games are a testament to the effort and collaboration of these individuals and groups and many more. Collectively they demonstrate the value of the young athletes who come from every corner of the province, regardless of their sport and regardless of their experience. They demonstrate the value of sport. They demonstrate the value of the Games!
To everyone who supports the Games – the entire Games family – we say Thank you for giving your time and energy. Thank you for your commitment. Thank you for bringing and showing your passion for sport and community. Thank you for stepping up!
You make a difference. You make the Games happen!