The 2018 BC Winter Games, which were held in Kamloops in February, has left a legacy for years to come.
In addition to the $80,000 worth of equipment and facility upgrades that came from Games’ operational budget and the Powering Potential Fund during the sporting event, another $60,000 has been allocated from the Legacy Fund.
Seven local organizations have received funding for infrastructure, equipment and training as a result of budget savings and merchandise sales:
• Sun Peaks Resort: $15,000 toward an equipment storage shed at the top of the Sunburst chair;
• School District 73: $10,000 tournament hosting grant;
• PacificSport Interior: $15,000 coaching certification and credentials;
• Kamloops Judo Club: $4,574 for a quartet of TVs and four laptops;
• Kamloops Long Blades: $4,000 for equipment;
• Kamloops Art Gallery: $2,000 endowment fund;
• Kamloops Sport Council: $6,398 funding and event trailer arch.
“It was our goal to create an athlete-centred Games first and foremost,” said Games president Niki Remesz.
“We are thankful to the City of Kamloops, the province and other funding partners and sponsors. It was the diligent budgeting of our directors and chairs that we are able to have this legacy to distribute.”
“Legacies dating back to the 1993 Canada Summer Games continue to build upon sport and community infrastructure in Canada’s Tournament Capital,” Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian said.
Games vice-president Maureen McCurdy noted the event’s legacy extends beyond money for infrastructure and organizations.
“In hosting the 40th anniversary of the BC Games, sport and community has been impacted in small and large ways,” McCurdy said.
“For example, the Games song Moments in the Mountains, by singer/songwriter Madison Olds, has had over 200,000 downloads of the song.
“Never has a Games song received such widespread recognition.”