Participant Information

The participants of the BC Winter and BC Summer Games are British Columbia’s emerging high performance athletes, coaches, and officials.

Originally a celebration of sport for all ages, the BC Games have evolved to be an important training ground for young high-performance athletes, ranging in age from 9-18 years depending on the sport. BC Games alumni have represented BC and Canada at competitions like the Canada Games, World Championships, and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Participants earn their place at the BC Games though qualification events and compete at the Games representing of one of eight geographic zones.

To find out how to qualify for future Games, contact your Provincial Sport Organization.

Find out more about what to do once you've qualified with our Participant Checklist.

How to qualify for the Games

Qualification for the Games varies from sport-to-sport.

Generally qualification events for the Games are held beginning 6 months prior to the Games up to about 5 or 6 weeks prior to the Games, depending on the sport. Qualifications for the Games are coordinated by the Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) and managed by the organization or the Zone Representatives - refer to the technical package for the respective sport (BC Winter GamesBC Summer Games) for contact information.

Step 1: Find Your Sport

See if your sport will be at the next Games and what the eligibility is with our sport packages:

Step 2: Find your Zone

The team that you attend with will depend on what geographical Zone you live in.

Step 3: Contact PSO

Your Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) can tell you when your Zone qualification event is. Contact information can be found in the technical packages:

Step 4: Attend Zone Tryout

Zone qualification events are usually held beginning 6 months prior to the Games up to about 5 or 6 weeks prior to the event. Check with your PSO to be sure!

Covers of the Guide to the Games document from 2020, 2022 and 2023 Games.

Guide to the Games

The Guide to the Games is a document produced before each BC Winter and Summer Games designed to fill participants in on everything they need to know ahead of the Games. The booklet has information on accommodation, transportation, ceremonies, the host community, and more.

Prior to the Games, participants can also attend online and in-person G2G Sessions that cover all of the information in the Guide to the Games and give athletes, coaches, officials, and parents a chance to ask any more questions that they may have.

BC Games Culture of the Games

Culture of the Games

The Culture of the Games outlines the expectations of all those associated with the Games to ensure a safe and inclusive experience for everyone.

Zone Map Full with Inset


In order to ensure participation from every corner of the province, BC Games athletes are divided into eight Zones representing different sections of the province.

BC Games Medallists

Participant Checklist

Read up on the important things to do and review before the Games.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Learn more about everything related to the Games, including information about qualification, registration, transportation and more.

Capturing the Games

Volunteer photographers dedicate their time, equipment, and talent at each BC Winter and BC Summer Games to capture images from every sport. Check out our Flickr account to see more photos from past Games.

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