Greater Vernon’s 2012 B.C. Winter Games have been declared the best yet.
Three days of intense competition, incredible athletic ability and an overwhelming Games spirit came to an end Sunday.
“Without a question, these are the best B.C. Winter Games that have ever been held,” Kelly Mann, president and CEO of the B.C. Games Society told Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster prior to the closing ceremonies at the Wesbild Centre.
Athletes, both those proudly wearing their medals and even those heading home empty-handed, were beaming as they left with some unbelievable memories.
But no smile could beat that of Vancouver-Squamish biathlete Hunter Sones, who was presented the WR Bennett Award for Athletic Excellence.
“Wow,” said the speechless 13-year-old, donning the prestigious award which includes a $2,500 scholarship as well as three bronze medals.
Sones is just one the 1,145 athletes, 292 coaches and 160 officials who took part in the 15 different sports.
While they are the real stars of the Games, Greater Vernon was also shining.
From the thousands of volunteers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to the committee who has spent the last two years preparing for the event, the Games would not have been possible without them, said Foster.
“Congratulations on staging the best B.C. Winter Games ever,” proclaimed Foster.
The Thompson-Okanagan zone secured 80 medals, ranking second in medal standings just under Vancouver-Squamish with 81. Placing third was Fraser Valley with 72 medals, Vancouver Island-Central Coast claimed 52 medals, Cariboo-North East earned 43, Fraser River Delta went home with 36 medals, the Kootenays claimed 14 and North West won 11 medals.
Check Wednesday’s issue of The Morning Star for more results and coverage.
For full games results visit www.2012bcwintergames.ca