Local Sport Society Pumped Over Legacy Funds
Prince George, BC – One organization is the lucky recipient of more than $630-thousand dollars in legacy funds from the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
At last night’s City Council meeting, the Chair of the 2015 Host Society announced the Games had exceeded their original commitment of a $500-thousand legacy, generating a total of $1.1-million dollars. The original half-million was identified at the outset as a Pre-Games Legacy Fund, but the surplus will go to the Northern BC Community Sports Development Society.
President, Wade Loukes, says the funding is beyond anything his group could have hoped for and will benefit athletes, coaches, officials and sporting volunteers across northern BC.
Evolving out of the former Northern BC Winter Games Society, Loukes says the organization was forced to change its focus about 10-years ago when communities no longer wanted to host the games. Now, he says, the focus is on supporting local sports groups and provincial sports organizations with athlete development, coach and official training, and challenges in volunteerism.
Loukes says a shining example is the work done with a local group to establish synchronized swimming in Prince George in the run up to the Canada Winter Games. During the most recent intake of fund requests, Loukes notes there is a group hosting an event in Smithers that’s hoping to feed off the interest generated in Rugby Sevens during the Summer Olympics.
“This injection of funds will keep this going for a number of years,” says Loukes. “We’ve had very good feedback from sports organizations because they’re very, very appreciative of how much funding we can supply to keep them going.”