Chris Trentholm of the BC Summer Games Society shows off one of the gold medals at the information session in Castlegar Tuesday.

Chris Trentholm of the BC Summer Games Society shows off one of the gold medals at the information session in Castlegar Tuesday.

Countdown to BC Summer Games begins

The BC Summer Games Society held an information session on Tuesday at the Castlegar Complex.

With the BC Summer Games just over a week away, several athletes, coaches, managers, and parents, were able to pick up some valuable information at a “Guide to the Games” session held at the Castlegar Community Complex on July 10.

“These G2G or Guide to the Games sessions are being held in all eight zones of the province,” said Chris Trentholm, event manager for the BC Summer Games Society. “For zone 1, which is the Kootenay, we have sessions  in Castlegar here tonight for West Kootenay participants and one tomorrow night (Wednesday) in Cranbrook.”

At the session, Trentholm provided information and guidelines to help the athletes prepare for the games.

“We want to review the materials that help them understand what they’re getting into with the games,” he said. “We also want to help them better prepare for their games experience.”

Trentholm said the society wants the athletes to have the best experience they can at the games.

Some of the biggest questions Trentholm is asked are about transportation.

“Things like ‘where is my pick-up point?’ ‘What time am I getting picked up?’” he said. “We get questions about what the food’s like and where they’re going to be staying. We get all kinds of questions.”

The BC Summer Games are in Surrey this year and go from July 19-22.

“BC Games is a big thing all over the province,” said Trentholm. “It’s growing in popularity. It’s a big part of the sports system. Castlegar and Trail and Nelson have a rich history of hosting the games. Not just the BC games, but also the senior games as we saw last year. Greater Trail hosted the winter games in 2006. There’s a legacy back to 1996 with the summer games. BC games have always been big in Castlegar and in the region as well. We’re always excited to come back to Castlegar and the area.