Team Awards and Praise Wrap Up Games
Canada Games Council Chair, Tom Quinn, praises 2015 Host Society, Volunteers for successful two week event – (photos 250News)
Prince George, B.C.- Canada Games Council Chair Tom Quinn put it plain and simply, “These past two weeks of competition have been truly incredible.”
Quinn says the athlete experience has also been exceptional and praised the volunteers in Prince George in the wrap up news conference for the Canada Winter Games.“I can tell you first hand, this group of volunteers made everyone who came to Prince George, feel at home” said Quinn. That is a sentiment validated by a couple of Quebec athletes, who , said no matter where they went, they were greeted with smiles, “It made us feel at home”.
Team New Brunswick was awarded the Canada Centennial Games Cup, an award presented to the team which has shown the most improvement since the previous Games, held in Sherbrooke Quebec two years ago.
2015 Winter Games Society Chair, Anthony Everitt says the Games have stirred up a sense of pride in Prince George “Something that hasn’t always been present” He says he has “nothing but admiration and humbled ” by all the work end efforts of the volunteers.
“We are way ahead of schedule for our budget and ticket sales, that was very important to us” added Everitt.
Everitt had the honour of presenting the Jack Pelech award to Team Yukon, ( photo at right) an award given to the provincial or territorial team whose athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff best combine competitive performance, good sportsmanship and a spirit of fair play, cooperation and friendship.
There was a tie for the Claude Hardy award which is awarded to the Mission Team for their talents and dedication. It was awarded to Saskatchewan and B.C.
“You have been unbelievable leaders, ” said MLA Shirley Bond to Anthony Everitt and Games CEO Stu Ballantyne “To the volunteers, it was a sea of green, they are so proud and so happy that everyone has been able to come and see the Prince George we know and love.” She relayed a story about her five year old grandson, who was inspired by the Games, that as they watched the semi final hockey game, told her he will one day be a competitor at the Canada Games. The gallery roared with laughter when Bond relayed that her grandson then announced “Yup, I’m going to play for Team Quebec.”
Mayor Lyn Hall heaped praise on Stu Ballantyne and Anthony Everitt, praise which had both men holding back tears. Mayor Hall says he is in denial, because he can’t believe the Games, which have been in the works for years, are coming to a close.
“As we move to the final ceremony this evening, which we know will be difficult for many, we will have a chance to reflect on what these Games mean to Prince George.” Hall says he is looking forward to “building” from these Games, “The Games were the foundation and kick start to what is going to be a spectacular year in Prince George.”