FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The city of Fort St. John has officially submitted their bid to host the 2020 BC Winter Games.
Director of Recreation and Leisure Services Ross deBoer says that the bid was successfully received ahead of the deadline at noon earlier today. Council passed a resolution to direct staff, spearheaded by deBoer, to submit a bid for the Games back on April 11th after receiving an invitation to apply. deBoer says that city staff spent a number of hours over the summer getting the bid together.
On Monday, August 29th, the Peace River North school board passed a motion to support the city’s bid, and allow the use of school board facilities on the Thursday and Friday of the games, meaning kids will get the day.
deBoer says that though the bid has officially been submitted, there is still a lot of work to be done, including recruiting up to 2,500 volunteers. In addition to city schools serving not only as athlete lodging, but also as venues for such sports as rhythmic gymnastics, badminton, basketball, judo, karate, netball, the city will also be using their own facilities, along with others in the community. The Big Bam Ski Hill has gotten onboard to serve as a venue for alpine events, Beatton Park would host cross-country and biathlon, and the Kids Field House would be the archery venue.
deBoer added that the city feels fairly confident in the city’s resume, which includes several high-profile events that it has successfully hosted recently, including serving as the substitute Canada Winter Games venue for speed skating. In addition, he says that everyone he has spoken with has positively received news of the bid application.
The city should hear back from the BC Games Society before the end of the year to find out if their bid was successful.