Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games President Bill Bidlake (right) and Vice President Doug MacMillan (left) cheers to hosting a successful Games and in anticipation to the Sept. 19 Community Rally held at the Penticton Lakeside Resort.

Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games President Bill Bidlake (right) and Vice President Doug MacMillan (left) cheers to hosting a successful Games and in anticipation to the Sept. 19 Community Rally held at the Penticton Lakeside Resort.

Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games hosts Community Rally

Calling all volunteers: Join the BC Winter Games because Penticton’s got game.

Calling all volunteers: Join the BC Winter Games because Penticton’s got game.

Unleash your potential this winter, and help Penticton host B.C.’s top young athletes as they reach for new heights in sport.

The Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games is seeking volunteers to support the event Feb. 25 to 28, 2016; the provincial multi-sport Games that have become the testing ground for emerging athletes.

“The BC Winter Games will be an incredible celebration of community and sport, and will create memories for all of Penticton to look back on for years to come,” said President Bill Bidlake. “We encourage everyone in the South Okanagan to join us in leaving a lasting legacy for the region.”

The volunteer drive officially kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Community Rally. The public is invited to take part in this free family event at the Penticton Lakeside Resort from 6 to 8 p.m., and take part in the carnival fun, games and more.

Anyone who signs up to volunteer for the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games at the Community Rally will be automatically entered to a draw for a family prize pack.

Approximately 2,000 volunteers will be involved with the event — and a variety of roles are available. Positions are available in all 15 Directorates: Accommodation, Administration, Ceremonies, Communications, Food Services, Friends of the Games, Medical, Promotions, Protocol, Registration & Results, Security, Special Events, Sport, and Transportation.

Volunteers are a vital part of enhancing the legacy of the BC Winter Games — receiving valuable training and enhanced skill development in event management and hosting. The more efficient the Games, the more that can be reinvested into sport development as a legacy.

The Games provide a unique opportunity for athletes to experience provincial competition in a multi-sport Games setting, taking the first step towards the national and international stage.

Competition will take place over four days in 17 sports such as badminton, biathlon, basketball, curling, diving, figure skating, gymnastics, judo, karate, skiing, speed skating, plus more.

This will be the fourth time Penticton has hosted the BC Games. The city was the host of the inaugural BC Summer Games in 1978, the 1990 BC Winter Games and the 1995 BC Summer Games. Penticton has first-class sport facilities and a wealth of volunteer experience — including hosting the inaugural BC Summer Games in 1978.

The Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games will prove to be a memorable event for B.C.’s best developing athletes, coaches and officials.

Can’t make it to the Community Rally on Saturday?

Prospective volunteers can still sign up at www.bcgames.org or by calling the BC Winter Games office at 250-492-2026.