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Quesnel selected to host the 2024 BC Winter Games

July 28, 2021
News Release

For immediate Release                                                                  

Quesnel - The Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, Melanie Mark announced today that Quesnel will host the 2024 BC Winter Games.

The city last hosted the BC Winter Games in 2000 and most recently hosted the 2019 BC Men’s and Women’s Curling Championships as well as the 2019 Softball BC Provincial Championships U16C Girls. The West Fraser Centre was completed in 2017 and since that time the city has had a renewed focus on hosting sport and cultural events.  

The BC Winter Games are an important developmental milestone for B.C.’s emerging high-performance athletes. Over 2000 athletes, coaches, managers, and officials will participate in approximately 19 sports.

BC Games host communities benefit from direct economic impact, community, and sport development legacies, as well as the opportunity to engage volunteers in a celebration of community pride. The Games will be organized and staged by a community Board of Directors and up to 2,000 volunteers.

Two other communities were announced as hosts of future BC Games in separate events held simultaneously today. The 2024 BC Summer Games will be held in Maple Ridge and the 2026 BC Summer Games in Kelowna. 

Quotes:

Mayor Bob Simpson, City of Quesnel
“Hosting events like this is exactly what Council has had our eyes on as we’ve accessed grants and made investments in our hosting precinct. These Games and events like this bring an economic boost to our community in the tourism off-season, and are an important part of our Transition Strategy. I look forward to welcoming the Games back to Quesnel, showing off our facilities and community hospitality.”

Chief Clifford Lebrun, Lhtako Dene First Nation
“We look forward to welcoming young athletes, their coaches, and officials from across British Columbia to the traditional territory of Lhtako Dene.”

Alison Noble, President and CEO of the BC Games Society
“It is exciting to bring the BC Winter Games back to this vibrant winter sport destination. The City’s recent investment in sport facilities and proven experience hosting major events will be a great benefit to staging a successful BC Winter Games in 2024.”

Quick Facts:

  • BC Winter Games (on average) - 19 sports, 2,100 participants (1,500 athletes, 600 coaches, managers and officials), 2,000 volunteers.
  • Athletes range in age from 9 -19 years depending on the sport. The average age of the athletes is 14.
  • There will be competition in approximately 19 sports including competition for athletes with a disability.
  • 2,000 community volunteers will be involved in planning and staging the Games.
  • The BC Winter Games are held every two years in the even calendar year.
  • The 2024 BC Winter Games will be held February 22-25, 2024.
  • The estimated economic impact of the BC Winter Games is $1.6 million.

Learn More:

For information about the BC Games Society and the bid process please visit: www.bcgames.org

About the BC Games Society

The BC Games Society is the leadership organization that guides the BC Winter and BC Summer Games and prepares Team BC for national multi-sport Games. Since 1978, the BC Games have taken place in 38 communities and brought together thousands of athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, and spectators in celebration of sport and community excellence.  It is a milestone event that people count as an exceptional experience where memories, friendships, spirit, and pride are abundant.

Watch the announcement

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Media Contacts:

BC Games Society
250 387-1375

Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport
250 208-4309

City of Quesnel
Linda McIntyre
Communications Clerk
250 991-7475
lmcintyre@quesnel.ca

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