The multiple Olympic medallist continues to give back to sport. BC’s Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Coralee Oakes, announced today the appointment of new members to the BC Games Society Board of Directors including Whitfield (Triathlon) and Dave Calder (Rowing), as well as Provincial Sport Organization leader Rochelle Winterton of Vancouver, and Terrace based marketing and communications expert Sarah Zimmerman.
The BC Winter and BC Summer Games are British Columbia’s biennial celebration of sport and community. The games began in 1978 and have taken place in 38 communities and involved over 350,000 participants and volunteers.
The purpose of the BC Games is “To provide an opportunity for the development of athletes, coaches, and officials in preparation for higher levels of competition in a multisport event which promotes interest and participation in sport and sporting activities, individual achievement and community development.”
“It is an honour to join the board of the BC Games Society and be part of an organization that provides such a valuable experience for our young athletes and has helped launch the careers of many of my fellow Olympians and Paralympians,” said Whitfield.
“These individuals bring a wealth of skill and experience to the table and I know that the BC Games Society—not to mention B.C.’s young emerging athletes—will benefit from their efforts,” said Minister Oakes. “Serving as a board member takes time and dedication, and I want to thank all of these talented people for making the commitment to our sport community.”
Rochelle Winterton is the Executive Director for the BC Lacrosse Association and a proven leader in the amateur sport sector. She is joined by marketing and communications professional Sarah Zimmerman of Terrace who was previously a Director for the 2010 BC Winter Games held in her community.
“The members of this board have extensive expertise which will help guide the BC Games Society and ensure the organization continues to be a leader in sport and community development,” said Kelly Mann, President and CEO of the BC Games Society.
The BC Summer Games will take place in Nanaimo from July 17-20 and the 2014 BC Winter Games were held in Mission from February 20-22.