Enthusiastic update for BC Summer Games

Organizers excited, as Abbotsford games grow closer

  • Mar. 15, 2016 4:00 p.m.

With just over four months to go until the BC Summer Games in Abbotsford, its organizers presented an enthusiastic update to council last night.

“It’s really a big deal. We’re very excited,” said Steve Carlton, the games’ president.

Carlton told council that events will be spread throughout the community and beyond with sailing on Harrison Lake and Langley hosting canoeing and kayaking in its Bedford Channel and swimming events at its aquatic centre.

The games, which begin on July 21st, will bring an influx of thousands of people to Abbotsford. On top of the 2,800 young participants, there will be 500 coaches, 500 officials and the athletes’ parents.

Carlton, told council that the torch lighting ceremony, set for April 13th at city hall, would be a fun and exciting event in the lead up to the games.

“There’s going to be more torches here than you can imagine,” he said.

Carlton said in addition to providing logistics like transportation, safety, food and entertainment, it was his organizations job to leave visitors with asense of what makes Abbotsford distinct.

He said the games would have “a spin and a feel, a touch and a look that will make our city proud.”