Penticton to host 2016 BC Winter Games

The Honourable Bill Bennett, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, announced today that Penticton has been awarded the rights to host the 2016 BC Winter Games.

MLA for Penticton, the Honourable Bill Barisoff, was also in attendance at the announcement.

"Penticton was the first host of the BC Summer Games back in 1978, and with today's announcement, this fantastic host city has come full circle," said Barisoff. "I know that the people of Penticton will do a wonderful job hosting the 2016 BC Winter Games with the result that young athletes province-wide will benefit. Congratulations Penticton!"

The city also hosted the 1990 BC Winter Games and 1995 BC Summer Games leaving a lasting legacy of experienced volunteers and community investment.

"The economic impact of hosting the BC Winter Games is estimated to be $1.8 million to the host community, and this will have a huge impact in the South Okanagan and Similkameen," said Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton. "The City of Penticton is proud to host the 2016 BC Winter Games, and is excited to welcome all sport participants to our friendly and accommodating community."

The BC Winter Games are an important developmental milestone for B.C.'s emerging high performance athletes. Over 2100 athletes, coaches, and officials will participate in approximately 18 sports, February 25-28, 2016. The Games will be organized and staged by a community Board of Directors and 2000 volunteers.

Three other communities were announced as hosts of future BC Games in separate events today. The 2016 BC Summer Games will be held in Abbotsford with the 2018 BC Winter Games returning to Kamloops and the Cowichan Valley hosting the 2018 BC Summer Games.

For information about the BC Games Society and the bid process, please visit the society's website.