The BC Games Society announced on May 30 snowboarding will be included for the first time in the upcoming 2018 BC Winter Games, alongside 17 other sports. Kamloops will host the Games from Feb. 22 to 25, 2018 with Sun Peaks as the location for alpine events.
According to Lia Threlfall, communications manager for the BC Games Society, Giant Slalom, Snowboard Cross and Slopestyle snowboarding events will all be included in the competition.
“They will likely take place in Sun Peaks, although it wasn’t part of the original bid,” said Threlfall.
“The inclusion of snowboarding into the BC Winter Games will substantially increase the development of snowboarding in our province,” said Flynn Seddon, president of BC Snowboard Association, in a press release. “The athletes, coaches, and officials will have a great opportunity to participate in a multi-sport event that will further align their competitive pathways.”
The BC Games can be the first step on the path to national and international success. At the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, 18 BC Games alumni were part of the Canadian team including medalists Kelsey Serwa (Ski Cross), Denny Morrison (Speed Skating), and Josh Dueck (Para Alpine). Over 57 per cent of Team BC at the 2015 Canada Winter Games were BC Games alumni.
“Attending the BC Games is a significant step in an athlete’s development,” said Kelly Mann, president and CEO of the BC Games Society, in the release. “The international success we have seen from B.C. athletes speaks volumes to the opportunities they have been given through the provincial sport system and the BC Games.”
Up to 1,527 athletes, 377 coaches, and 246 officials will compete in alpine skiing, archery, badminton, basketball (Special Olympics), biathlon, cross country skiing, curling, diving, figure skating, freestyle skiing, gymnastics, judo, karate, netball, ringette, rhythmic gymnastics, snowboarding, speed skating and wheelchair basketball. Athletes with a disability will compete in basketball, wheelchair basketball, cross country skiing and figure skating.