In recognition of the central role sport plays in enriching the lives of British Columbians and in celebration of the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, today proclaimed 2015 The Year of Sport in British Columbia.
British Columbia’s proclamation joins jurisdictions and organizations across the country to promote Canada’s position as a leading sport nation. It also upholds sport as a vital part of the cultural fabric of the nation, as asserted in the federal government’s proclamation of the Year of Sport in Canada.
In addition to celebrating the 2015 Canada Winter Games taking place in Prince George, the proclamation draws attention to other 2015 sporting events in communities throughout B.C., including the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada, the IPC Para-Alpine World Cup, over 55 B.C. Games and the B.C. Special Olympics Winter Games.
The proclamation coincides with the second week of competition of the 2015 Canada Winter Games, the largest multi-sport and cultural event ever held in northern B.C. The Games is expected to draw 15,000 fans and supporters to the region, generating an estimated economic impact of $70- $90 million.
Team B.C. had tremendous success during the first week of competition on home soil, bringing home a total of 41 medals – 12 Gold, 16 silver and 13 bronze – and placing third in the overall standings.