Sports groups supported
Deborah Pfeiffer - Feb 11, 2017 - Get Involved

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Local sports organizations are now benefitting from the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games.

About $62,000 in legacy funds was disbursed to local groups from the organizers of the games this week.

“Our city is known for hosting high profile events and festivals, so it is fantastic to see the lasting impact of these events going back to our local community,” said Mayor Andrew Jakubeit. “The games were a great success and we are proud of all who contributed and volunteered to ensure the community would benefit.”

The games brought 1,700 athletes, coaches and officials to Penticton in February last year to participate in 17 different sports, including four sports for athletes with a disability.

“Over two years ago many volunteers started the journey of bringing the games to Penticton. While the experience of hosting, community spirit and the skills learned by volunteers were all immediate positive impacts, today, we get to hand out the legacy funds that will continue to support events and young athletes for years to come,” said Bill Bidlake, president of the games.

“We hope the funding to these groups continues to show that Penticton’s got game.”

The allocation of the funds is as follows:

  • Apex Freestyle Club: $10,000 for installing water and power lines
  • Apex Ski Club: $4,000 for TV/video monitor and signage, for training and timing purposes.
  • Archery/Princess Margaret School: $10,000 for netting and an electric winch.
  • KISU Swim Club: $8,000 for new swim meet electronics timing equipment and touch pads.
  • School District 67: $7,000 for winter games equipment for all of the elementary schools.
  • Nickel Plate Nordic Centre: $10,000 to install lighting for a trail to accommodate night skiing.
  • Special Olympics Penticton: $3,000 for equipment and uniforms.
  • Penticton Minor Lacrosse: $10,000 for indoor turf carpet

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