EDITORAL: Let your Games spirit shine

Greater Vernon put into the provincial spotlight with the start of the B.C. Winter Games Thursday...

Following months of preparation and anticipation, the time has finally come for Greater Vernon to shine.

The B.C. Winter Games are kicked off tomorrow with a special opening ceremony at the Wesbild Centre including a pre-show at 6:15 p.m., the official ceremonies starts at 7 and the torch is expected to arrive at 8:25.

Come one, come all – but it might be a good idea to carpool as upwards of 5,000 people are expected.

The winter, and summer, Games only occur every two years and rotate to different communities around the province.

As a result, who knows when there will be another chance to catch all the action at home?

The last time Greater Vernon played host was in 1992 (winter) and 1982 (summer).

Even if you don’t know any of the 1,149 athletes, 231 coaches or 160 technical officials, the events are still worth checking out.

Plus you might catch one of the 34 home-grown stars playing, coaching or officiating the Games.

There’s a wide range of action, from judo to girls hockey and badminton to freestyle skiing.

And don’t forget, these kids are the best of B.C., so they’re sure to impress.

So check out the schedule at www.2012bcwintergames.ca and find some time to cheer on these talented young athletes.

But even if you’re not much of a sport fan, the event is still worth celebrating – and you can do just that at the opening or closing ceremonies.

While the athletes are the real stars of the Games, our community is shining too as we literally sit centre stage to the event.

Andrew Allen meant it when he wrote Your Time to Shine.

—The Morning Star