(BC Winter Games)

Countdown to BC Winter Games begins

Olympic athletes will be on hand to watch the torchlighting ceremony Wednesday evening in Kamloops

The road to the BC Winter Games begins Wednesday with festivities and a torchlighting ceremony in Kamloops.

Olympic Day 2017 takes place at the Tournament Capital Centre with educational games for teens and kids designed to inspire them to become and stay physically active.

Olympic athletes on hand include mountain biker Catharine Pendrel, wheelchair basketball player Jessica Vliegenthart, swimmer Brent Hayden and shot putter Dylan Armstrong.

READ MORE: TEAM BC athletes recognized by Province

The highlight of the all-day event will be the torchlighting ceremony at 6 p.m. to mark the official countdown to the 2018 Winter Games, as well as debuting the official theme song, “Moments in the Mountains,” written and performed by B.C. singer-songwriter Madison Olds.

“A lot of hard work has gone into preparing to bring the Games to Kamloops, but this milestone really turns up the volume – and the excitement! We are less than 100 days away from welcoming 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials from all over British Columbia to compete in 19 sports,” said Niki Remesz, Kamloops 2018 BC Winter Games president.

Following the torchlighting ceremony, the torch will head to Sun Peaks resort for a second ceremony right on the ski hill.

Olympians Kenny Dale and Lark Frolek-Dale will take part in the Sun Peaks event. Young skiers will have a chance to meet the duo and have Dale help them with their ski skills.

The games will take place Feb. 22-25, 2018, in Kamloops.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

Fire destroys South Island Concrete building in Sooke

No injuries resulted from large structure fire

OUR VIEW: Search and rescue organization needs to be examined

No organization should be immune to scrutiny

Over 100 take the Vancouver Island polar plunge

More than $25,000 raised for BC Special Olympics athletes

Mermen calendar targets ‘toxic masculinity,’ raises big money for charities

Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club gave a cheque for more than $202,000 to Violence Prevention NL

After a week away, SNC-Lavalin questions await MPs returning to Parliament

Two have resigned already: Jody Wilson-Raybould was veterans affairs minister and Gerald Butts was Trudeau’s principal secretary

Poverty coalition has high hopes for B.C. poverty reduction strategy

Funding allocation expected to be released with 2019 budget

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

Chanel: Iconic couturier Karl Lagerfeld has died

He spent virtually his entire career at luxury labels catering to the very wealthy

Lost a ring? This B.C. man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

Steelhead LNG stops work on Kwispaa LNG project near Bamfield

Huu-ay-aht First Nations ‘deeply disappointed; Steelhead says funding is the problem

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh calls for public inquiry over SNC-Lavalin questions

Vancouver member of Parliament Jody Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week

Canadian airlines waiting for guidance from Ottawa over X gender option

Major U.S. airlines said they will change their process so passengers can identify themselves along non-binary lines

Most Read