Groups split $242,811 in Winter Games legacy funds

Fifteen local organizations will split $242,811 in legacy funding from the 2020 BC Winter Games.

Organizers said Monday the funds for infrastructure, equipment, and training come as a result of budget savings, local fundraising, and merchandise sales. That’s on top of $80,000 spent on equipment and facility upgrades for the Games, held in Fort St. John and the Peace region last February.

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“The Games would not have been possible without the support of our funding partners, the Province of B.C., the City of Fort St. John, and School District #60,” said Darren Snider, president of the organizing committee.

“We are extremely proud to have the largest legacy in Winter Games history, a testament to the support of our funding partners, the in-kind and financial contributions of local businesses, and the entire community that rallied together to make these Games a tremendous success. The region hosted the Province and demonstrated the strong community spirit and support that is a signature of our communities here in the North.” 

Clubs receiving legacy funding include:

 

  • Bert Bowes Parent Advisory Council – $100,000 (Paving of New Bert Bowes Track)


  • Cadets – $3,203 (Large Tent)


  • Dawson Creek Judo Club – $8,275 (Judo Mat)


  • Energetic Edge Cheer – $3,000 (Tumbling Mats)


  • Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club – $7,500 (LT Speed skates for development program)


  • Fort St. John Gymnastics Club - $8,500 (Equipment and supplies for Post Covid re-opening)


  • Fort St. John Curling Club – $2,283 (Dry Floor Curling Rocks and push poles)


  • Fort St. John Soccer Club – $25,000 (Construction of a Futsal Pitch in 1/2 the Curling rink)


  • Inconnu Swim Club – $5,000 (Turnmaster Pro)


  • New Totem Archery Club – $5,000 (Target Butts)


  • Northern Adaptive Sports – $3,550.00 (Opening of Wheel Chair Basket Ball Club in FSJ)


  • Peace Passage Figure Skating Club – $2,000 (Lockers for Dressing room, New laptops)


  • Peace Region Badminton & Recreation Club Sport – $2,500 (Badminton Rackets, Birdies, Coaching development)


  • Sue Popesku Fund, Fort St. John Arts Council – $60,000 (Setting up an Endowment Fund for the Arts)


  • Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club – $7,000 (Portion of their Day Lodge)

The Games brought more than 1,500 of B.C.'s best young athletes to town in late February, and saw an estimated 2,000 volunteers. Cariboo-Northeast athletes won more than 50 medals, and placed fourth in the medal standings. 

Organizers raised $1 million in cash and in-kind sponsorships, and the Games were estimated to have brought $1.6 million in economic activity to the city and region. The organizing committee members were subsequently named Citizens of the Year at last year's community awards.

"This legacy fund is a game-changer for athletes in Fort St. John who will continue to benefit from the winter games for years to come," said Melanie Mark, the provincial Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. "I congratulate the host society volunteers and local partners for holding a successful event in 2020 that will have a lasting impact for people in the community."

Click here to read our full coverage and results from the 2020 BC Winter Games.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

[Eds. note: Updates project details for benefitting clubs.]

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