Cariboo-North East athletes heat up Kelowna sport venues

Tumbler Ridge athletes competing in the games were: Corina Helm, Kelsey Legault, Natalie Sharman, and Crystal Fry.

British Columbia?s best young athletes will be heating up the playing fields and sport venues of Kelowna with fierce competition at the BC Summer Games. With an average age of 13-15 years, these BC athletes are the best in their respective age categories and sports and among them may be the next champions on the national or international stage.

The BC Summer Games officially begin tonight with the Opening Ceremony at Kelowna?s Prospera Place. 2230 athletes, 444 coaches, and 238 technical officials will be welcomed to the Games and to the Okanagan. Participants from the Cariboo-North East (Zone 8) which encompasses 100 Mile House, Prince George, Mackenzie and Fort St. John include 229 athletes and 48 coaches.

The City of Kelowna has tremendous sport facilities which will be featured during the Games. 19 sports will take place at facilities around the city. ?It is outstanding that these top-level athletes from across BC will have the opportunity to achieve their personal best at some of the best facilities in the province,? said Kelly Mann, President and CEO, BC Games Society. ?Kelowna has a history of staging impressive events and the BC Summer Games participants will experience Okanagan hospitality at its finest.?

Check out www.bcgames.org for a list of participants and their home communities. Competition results, searchable by community, sport, and zone, will be available once competition begins on July 25th.