Carolynn Boomer is a self-proclaimed Games junkie.
PacificSport Interior BC’s executive director is Team B.C.’s special events lead for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, which will run from Friday to March 3 in Red Deer — and she can’t wait to get there.
“Every one is so special,” said Boomer, who has attended nine multi-sport games events. “They are just so magical.
“This is the Olympics for a lot of these athletes.”
Kamloops and area will be well-represented at the Games, with eight athletes and nine support staff expected to join Team B.C. ranks.
Athletes include Gavin Dodd (gymnastics, Kamloops Gymnastics and Trampoline Centre), Drew Kanigan (gymnastics, KGTC), Logan Stankoven (hockey, major midget Thompson Blazers, Kamloops Blazers), Tyson Galloway (hockey, major midget Thompson Blazers), Brynn Applegath (alpine skiing, Sun Peaks Racers), Ben Jacoby (alpine skiing, Sun Peaks Racers), Noa Hooton (alpine skiing, Sun Peaks Racers) and Derek Jezewsky (wheelchair basketball).
Boomer, Kevin Bogetti-Smith, Willy Saari, Joan Omasta, Johnny Crichton, Dave Freeze, Daimion Applegath, Matt Wheele and Tina Naveri will help out in support-staff roles.
“When that light bulb goes off for athletes and they see the bigger picture, it’s very cool,” Boomer said.
TSN will broadcast Games events (see schedule below) and they will also be shown at canadagames.live.
The event will feature more than 150 events in 19 sports, with about 3,600 athletes, managers and coaches expected to attend.