Minister of tourism, culture and arts kevin krueger, mayor Mike Bernier, primeire Gordon Campbell, Princeton mayor Randy McLean and Kamloops majoy Peter Milobar display their Games Town plaques.
“I do it because I can, I can because I want to, I want to because you said I couldn’t.”
This quote has an unknown author, but strikes the chord of many here in Princeton. Many believe it encapsulates Princeton. As a small town, anything that is accomplished is always an uphill battle. Money is often scarce. Luckily, for Princeton, ingenuity is always in full swing. For every person who tells residents something can’t be done, there are fifty who say “want a bet?” Some people did not think a small town could possibly win. Others said one could – many others.
Believing in a community is not blind. It is built on observation. Commitment, will, and ingenuity combined make possibilities, realities. An observer would see all three of these attributes in plentiful supply in Princeton. Belief in Princeton was built watching these three attributes make dream after dream happen.
When Princeton was made aware of the Gamestown 2010 contest, some members of the community jumped on board with whole-hearted belief not only that we could win, but that we deserved it. Something magnificent happened as story submissions were uploaded onto the Princeton site. More people began to believe. Those who believed made Gamestown Gold for Princeton a reality.
Princeton beat out nine other communities to take first place on the Gamestown podium. Dawson Creek was named silver medalist and claimed a $50,000 cash prize and Kamloops was named bronze medalist and claimed $25,000 for their third place win.
“Life isn’t worth living unless you’re willing to take some big chances and go for broke -” Eliot Wiggington.