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2011 Western Canada Summer Games

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Welcome As the Official Presenting Sponsor, BCLC is proud to welcome you to the City of Kamloops for the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. The Summer Games provide a stage for us all to celebrate sports excellence and to watch these athletes demonstrate their remarkable skills and achievements. For more than 25 year BCLC has been a proud member of the community and we welcome spectators to enjoy the friendly city and feeling of camaraderie that will greet them in Kamloops. Along with the opportunity for athletes to compete against the best in their sport, the Summer Games allow Kamloops to build on its legacy of sports excellence as host of this world-class event. Thank you to the thousands of volunteers who continue to set the benchmark for delivering unforgettable events that define Kamloops as Canada’s Tournament Capital. Good luck athletes and congratulations to everyone involved in delivering an outstanding experience. Welcome to the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games.


Michael Graydon, President & CEO, BCLC

Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games

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Message from the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, 7 Message from the City of Kamloops, Office of the Mayor, 8 Message from the Kamloops 2011 Summer Games Host Society, 9 Message from the Western Canada Games Council, 10 Message from the Chief of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Band, 1o Quick Facts: The Western Canada Summer Games, 13 The WCSG Board of Directors and Staff, 15 The WCSG Logo: About the Games, 16 The WCSG Mascots: Sage & Marigold, 17 Volunteers: The Games Begin with You! 18 August 5th & 14th: Opening & Closing Ceremonies, 19 Festival: A Free Celebration for All Ages! 21 Medal Ceremonies: Western Canada Games Medals & Awards, 23 Host City: Kamloops — Canada’s Tournament Capital, 24 WCSG Leaders: Sport Builders, 26 Sports: Athletes with Disabilities Compete, 30 Kate Morgan: You Were Made for This, 31 Athletes: WCSG a Training Ground for Champions, 32 Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc: Creating Action & Pride, 34 Kamloops Sport Council: One Voice for Sport, 36 PacificSport: Powering Sport, Keeping Our Heroes at Home, 37 Non-Sports Venues & Services: University an Ideal Partner, 38 Competition Schedule, 40 Western Canada Summer Games Sports, 42 Legacies: Lake & Park Improvements, 47 2011 Western Canada Summer Games Venues, 48 Merchandise: Support the Athletes! 50 Wood Buffalo: Handing Over the Torch, 51 Kamloops 2011 Partners & Sponsors, 52

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Kamloops is Canada’s Tournament Capital Canada’s Tournament Capital is proud to be home to world class sport facilities and host of the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. We are committed to providing a first-class sport experience for every participant from the grassroots performer to international athletes going for gold.

Did you know… The name “Kamloops” was derived from a Shuswap Indian word meaning “meeting place.” People have been gathering here for hundreds of years to celebrate community spirit, athletic and cultural events as well as personal achievement.

Kamloops is ideally located in the heart of British Columbia’s sunny Southern Interior and is easily accessed by road, air and rail. Driving from major centres like Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton or Seattle is quick and convenient with three major highways passing through our city. There are daily flights from Vancouver and Calgary to the newly renovated Kamloops Airport. As Canada’s Tournament Capital, we know that finding the right accommodation for teams, families and officials is critical to hosting a successful event. That is why we boast more than 3,000 hotel and motel rooms conveniently located within a 15 minute drive of our tournament facilities. With more than 200 restaurants, Kamloops offers something for every diet and dining preference. And with a vibrant arts community ranging from live music to theatre to galleries, there’s quality entertainment at your fingertips.

“On behalf of the City of Kamloops, City Council and staff, I would like to welcome the Western Canada Summer Games athletes to our city, and wish them the very best of luck in the Games.” ~ Mayor Peter Milobar For more information on Kamloops, call 1-800-662-1994 or visit www.kamloops.ca

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Message from the Honourable Ida Chong Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

new heights. old traditions. daring summer fun.

On behalf of Premier Christy Clark, it is my pleasure to welcome athletes, coaches, mission staff and families to Kamloops for the Western Canada Summer Games. Since their beginning in 1975, the Games have been a wonderful opportunity for athletes to develop their skills and test their talent against the best in the west. I know that Kamloops will extend its characteristic hospitality in welcoming Western Canada’s top developing athletes to the province. Through Ministry funding to the Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games, the Province is proud to support the dreams and ambitions of our country’s next great champions, and to contribute to lasting legacies of trained volunteers, facilities and sport development programs. I want to congratulate all the athletes on being chosen to represent your province or territory. Your hard work and dedication to your sport is truly inspiring! I want to thank the City of Kamloops, Kamloops Host Organizing Committee and the 2,100 volunteers and organizers who have worked so hard to make these games a success. I know it takes a lot of organization on many levels to arrange such a big event, so thank you for so generously giving your time and energy for the benefit of the athletes.


Ida Chong, FCGA Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

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Good luck to all the athletes, and best wishes to everyone attending the Games.

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City of Kamloops Office of the Mayor

On behalf of my colleagues on City Council and the citizens of Kamloops, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Kamloops, the Tournament Capital of Canada! The City of Kamloops is pleased to be hosting the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games.

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The City of Kamloops is proud of the dedicated volunteers that will work to ensure the Western Canada Summer Games is memorable. The hard work and dedication of these citizens make events like this possible. In addition to attending the event, we hope you will have time to enjoy and visit the many attractions available throughout the City. In the heart of downtown you will find our Art Gallery, Museum & Archives and the beautifully restored St Andrew’s on the Square. The North Shore boasts the newly-opened Spirit Square which allows visitors to discover the rich history of the area and provide a gathering space for events such as the farmers' market. A unique blend of shops, boutiques, restaurants, bakeries, premiere coffee bars and old-world style delicatessens can be found throughout our City. We are proud of the warm hospitality we know you will find here in Kamloops. Good luck to all of the competitors! Yours truly,

Peter Milobar Mayor

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Every Step of the Way!

Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games Host Society


On behalf of the Host Society I would like to welcome you to the Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games! After four years of planning, it is with pride that I can now take a step back and watch as the Games unfold. It has been my privilege and honor to work with the talented group of people who comprise the Board of Directors for the Games. Their leadership and dedication is the engine that will make these Games run smoothly over the next ten days. Supporting our Board at every step has been our knowledgeable, tireless Staff. We were fortunate to secure some of the most professional people Kamloops has to offer. Their combined efforts and dedication to the Games will be evident throughout these next two weeks. The focus of our efforts has always been the aspiring young athletes who will be competing here in Kamloops. Every step of our planning has always been centered on providing the best athlete experience possible. Every decision has been made with the athletes in mind. I am confident that we have achieved our goal and that these Games will be a life changing experience; one that will provide the young people competing here with valuable memories and experiences. Many will go on to even higher levels of competition and for them these Games will provide valuable experience in dealing with the unique challenges of multi-sport events.


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We also recognize and thank the many Friends of the Games, our Sponsors who have made hosting these Games possible. They have expressed their support in numerous ways and have always gone above and beyond to make these Games better. Kamloops is known as Canada’s Tournament Capital. The driving force behind this brand has always been the thousands of Volunteers who devote their time to organizing events in this City. For these Games, over 2,100 volunteers are involved. Without them these Games would not happen. They come from all walks of life and it is their spirit, energy and dedication that will make these Games the best ever! Henry Pejril President, Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games



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Western Canada Games Council

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc

On behalf of the Western Canada Games Council, it is a great pleasure to welcome you to Kamloops, British Columbia and the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. The Kamloops Host Society, City of Kamloops and Games partners have worked extremely hard for four years to make sure all participants and visitors have the best possible experience at the Games. Watch the best athletes in Western Canada compete for a medal and for their Provincial / Territorial team and take in the whole Games experience - the pageantry of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the Games Festival site and culture of the local area and Games movement. I hope you enjoy your stay in Kamloops and that your 2011 Western Canada Summer Games experience is one that you will always cherish. Sincerely,

On Behalf of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Chief and Council our people and our ancestors, I’m pleased to welcome you to our territory that we have inhabited since time and memorial. What an exciting time for Athletes from Western Canada, to showcase your skills, developing and building your spirits through sports. Representing your families and communities we wish everyone the best of luck. Remember that everyone is a winner and just by participating you are developing a brighter and better future for all of us. It takes true commitment not only from athletes but the organizers and volunteers of the City of Kamloops to create the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. I hold my hands up to all the people for making our athletes’ dreams come true. We believe that through sports, education and involvement of our young people we will lead a new generation of responsible development for all our communities.

Chris Graham Chair, Western Canada Games Council

Our commitment for working together for a brighter future and closing gaps is essential. Please take the opportunity to share this experience with us. Remember to hold it close to your heart. Come visit our lands and the people of Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc. With team work we create action and pride! Dream big!


Chief Shane Gottfriedson


Western Canada Summer Games

August 5–14, 2011

On your mark, get set, go enjoy the Games.

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Quick Facts

The Western Canada Summer Games



he Western Canada Summer Games is a joint project of Canada’s four western provinces and three territories. The first Games took place in 1975 in Regina, Saskatchewan with the four western provinces participating. Since that time this multi-sport event has provided opportunities for athlete and coach development and has given amateur athletes from the ages of 13 to 23 a chance to move beyond provincial competition, preparing them for a future in the Canada Games, and the national or International stage. The Western Canada Summer Games is hosted in a different province or territory every four years. A bid process is held 4 to 5 years out, and a community is awarded the right to host the Games. Western Canada Games Council then works with the Host Society on setting policy and establishing hosting standards. The Western Canada Games Council Technical Committee works with national and provincial sport organizations on sport and event selection and on technical package development.

Games hosted to-date: 1975 Regina, Saskatchewan 1979 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 1983 Calgary, ALBERTA 1987 Regina, SASKATCHEWAN 1990 Winnipeg, MANITOBA 1995 Abbotsford, BRITISH COLUMBIA 1999 Prince Albert, SASKATCHEWAN 2003 Selkirk, Stonewall, Gimli, and Beausejour, MANITOBA 2007 Strathcona County, ALBERTA

Future/Current Games: 2011 Kamloops, B.C. 2015 Wood Buffalo, Alberta 2019 Saskatchewan 2023 Manitoba 2027 Northwest Territories

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The WCSG Board of Directors & Staff Board of Directors

Liaisons to the Board

Henry Pejril, President Charlie Bruce, Sport Gerard Hayes, Athletes Village Grace Hiom, Marketing Marg Kosolofski, Medical Bruce MacKinnon, Facilities Maureen McCurdy, Operations Dave Mell, Transportation Larry Read, Media Brian Ross, Friends of the Games Mary Strandt, IT Services Sean Smith, Municipal Services Alison Stewart, Protocol Doug Stewart, Finance Reid Tait, Security Chris Whyte, Volunteers

Carolynn Boomer, Pacific Sport Liaison Randy Diehl, City of Kamloops Liaison Anne Keith, TK'Emlups Indian Band Jack Miller, Government Liaison

Staff Doug Smith, General Manager Wayne Hall, Services/Ceremonies and Culture Coordinator Paula Kully, Marketing & CommunicationS Vincent Lafontaine, Sport & Volunteers Wilma Stonehocker, Venues Coordinator

Summer Students Skye Hines Jyllean Norlander Karina Pelayo

Special Recognition to Ralph Saunders


alph Saunders was appointed to the Board in 2007, shortly after Kamloops won the bid, as the Director of IT Services. He was instrumental in developing the structure of the IT Directorate and establishing the policies and procedures that will be implemented during the Games. Ralph worked as an IT Professional in Kamloops and volunteered numerous hours in the community. His volunteer experience included the 1993 Canada Games, hosted in Kamloops, the 2004 and 2005 Tim Horton’s Road Cycling Nationals and the 2006 BC Summer Games. An unfortunate accident in 2010 prevented Ralph from continuing in his role as IT Director. The board recognizes his contribution and dedication to these Games.


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Green and White

The WCSG logo

About the Games The half maple leaf represents the four participating western Canadian Provinces from British Columbia to Manitoba. Three festive swoops illustrate the northern territories including the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut in the form of northern lights. The dark blue ring is the friendly ring of competition that brings the three territories and four provinces together in celebration of young athletes and a variety of cultures.


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Green and White

The WCSG Mascots

Sage & Marigold


age and Marigold are the twin pups of Cactus and Buttercup, who were the 1993 Canada Summer Games Mascots. Growing up, they heard so many stories of how much fun it was to be a mascot in Kamloops, so they are very excited to be a part of the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games here in Kamloops and making mom and dad proud!

Because the Canadian team is nicknamed “The Rouges” or “The Reds” his favourite color is red. He is very active and loves physical fitness! When he isn’t kicking the soccer ball around, you will find him swimming or running, or hanging out with his friends playing other sports. He also loves the spotlight so you will see him trying to steal the attention by flexing his muscles or dancing for the cameras. Sage is a big practical joker and loves to make people laugh. If you see him, give him a high five or giant hug.



Sage is 17 and was born just 2 minutes before his twin sister Marigold. Because he’s the older brother, he is very protective of his sister, even though he plays tricks on her. Sage is always letting Marigold go first or opening the door for her, he can be quite the gentleman. Sage has played soccer since he was just a young pup, and still loves it today. His dreams are to make it to the Olympics and to be on the roster of the Canadian Team by 25, and compete in the FIFA World Cup.

Marigold is the younger sister of her twin brother Sage. She loves that he takes such good care of her, especially now since they are away from their parents Cactus and Buttercup. The twins have grown up playing many sports, but Marigold’s favourite is tennis. Her passion is dancing, and she has grown up taking jazz, tap and ballet. Her dream is to be accepted into the Royal Canadian Winnipeg School of Ballet and one day hit the big stage to be a Sugarplum Fairy

in the Nutcracker. Because of her name, her favourite flower is a yellow Marigold, and her favourite color is blue. She really lucked out with her 2011 Western Canada Summer Games uniform because not only is it a tennis skirt, its baby blue too. She loves music of all kinds and you will usually find her dancing away to any rhythm. Marigold is much shyer than her brother but loves to give and get hugs from everyone. Top: Sage and Marigold, mascots for the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. Above: Buttercup and Cactus, mascots for the 1993 Canada Summer Games.

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The Games Begin with You!


he Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games will bring together the efforts of over 2,100 volunteers. All of these people are residents of Kamloops and the surrounding area. For many of them, volunteering is a lifestyle and their way of giving back to the community they live in and love. They volunteer regularly for one or more of the many events that Kamloops hosts each year. Volunteer Kamloops has been in operation in Kamloops since 1985 and has assisted with the recruitment efforts for the Games. The City of Kamloops recognizes and realizes the value of their volunteer community. An annual Volunteer Appreciation

BBQ is held during Volunteer Week and the newly formed Tournament Capital Club

offers its members special discounts and privileges for their volunteer efforts.

Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless.

— Sherry Anderson, Canadian Curler

Highland Valley Copper Partners in the Community

For the past 25 years Highland Valley Copper has played a major role in the local economy and the mine employs over 1,250 people, with over half of them residing in Kamloops. We are passionate about social engagement and community improvement in the places where we live and work. Congratulations Kamloops for hosting the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. Highland Valley Copper, one of the largest copper-mining operations in the world, is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games.

Wishing all the athletes continued success in their chosen sport.

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August 5th & 14th

Opening & Closing Ceremonies


Interior Savings Centre


hampions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them -- a desire, a dream, a vision. “ ~Muhammad Ali As the athletes of Western Canada arrive in Kamloops to begin their journey at the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games, producers, Amy Baskin and Alan Corbishley, provide an amazing show to welcome them! Combining visual and performing arts with sports, Amy and Alan highlight the inspiration, dedication, drive and focus of these young athletes. Everyone will welcome the Games Torch as it arrives on the Plaza of the Interior Savings Center during the Opening Ceremonies. The West Jet Fun n’ Festival team will be one of many entertainment groups that will be there to welcome the torch in a fantastic celebration before it enters the stadium where the final torch bearer will light the cauldron . Kamloops will present its spirit, pride, and talent as sixty local performers take the stage. Amongst them, the Kamloops Rube Band which has delighted audiences

all over the world with their variety of jazz, Dixieland, ethnic and even classical music. Local singer, songwriter, Kate Morgan and her band, will perform “You Were Made for This” the official Games song she wrote for the Games. Be prepared to be energized and engaged as the Kamloops Spirit Team works their magic on the crowd! The Closing Ceremonies will pay tribute to the incredible journey the athletes have completed. These Ceremonies will mark

the end of the Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games with the same festive spirit that started it all. With reverence and excitement, the athletes will take with them an experience that will help guide them in the years to come.


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A Community Celebration for All Ages!


he Festival in beautiful Riverside Park runs nightly from August 6th to August 13th from 4:00 to 10:00 pm. Bring your chairs and blankets to Riverside Park at 4:00 pm. Get a good spot and enjoy the best BC has to offer. With a different band every night of the Festival, the park will be brimming with energy and excitement. Some of the seven provinces and territories have even sent feature acts and performers. At 8:00 pm our winning athletes will be welcomed and celebrated before the main act starts at 8:30. The Kamloops Arts Council hosts an Artisan Fair at the Heritage House showcasing many talented local artists. Concessions will be available and a lifeguard will be on duty, at the Riverside Park beach, for anyone who wants to cool off in the river. Some of the fun and interactive displays include the Big Little Science Center, the WestJet Fun n’ Festival Series, a pin trading tent, the BC Sports Hall of Fame and don’t forget to check out the Mark’s Work WearHouse tent for Games Wear and souvenirs.

Some of the bands that will appear at the Festival include: August 6th Daniel Wesley, rock/pop/ Above: Redeye Empire Below: BC/DC reggae singer/songwriter August 7th Free Flow, a combination, of soul, funk, reggae and rock August 8th Redeye Empire, a unique blend of reggae, ska, rock and hip-hop August 9th ABBA Again, a tribute show to ABBA August 10th The Odds, a Canadian alternative rock band August 12th Greg Sczebel, Juno Award winning independent singer/ songwriter from Salmon Arm August 13th BC/DC, a tribute band with a twist

Torch relay

Lighting the Cauldron


he first Torch Relay for the Western Canada Summer Games took place in 2007 at the Games in Strathcona County, Alberta. Kamloops chose to carry on the tradition of the Torch Relay as a way of engaging the community and providing a way for everyone to participate in the Games. The Torch Relay which will be part of the Opening Ceremonies on August 5th. It will start at the Kamloops Airport and wind its way through the City. Approximately 40 Torch Bearers will carry the Torch along its route before it ends in a final, triumphant, lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremonies inside Interior Savings Centre. The passing of the torch at the 2007 Games. August 5–14, 2011 Western Canada Summer Games 21

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Medal ceremonies

Western Canada Games Medals & Awards


he gold, silver, and bronze medals for the Kamloops Western Canada Summer Games have been uniquely developed by the Host Society especially for the 2011 Games. Medals are presented to the athletes, teams, team coaches and managers during Medals Ceremonies held at the venue of competition. Selected medal winners are also recognized at the Festival each night in Riverside Park. Flag points are used during the final standings for each event and an award is presented to the province or territory with the highest overall aggregate event score. The formulas for awarding flag points are outlined in each sport’s technical package. In the event of a tie, the province or territory receiving the highest number of first place points will be declared the winner. The Games Trophy is awarded at the Closing Ceremonies to the province or territory with the top flag points. The winner of the Games Trophy in 2007 was British Columbia. The Official Western Canada Summer Games Flag is presented to the next Host Community at the Closing Ceremonies. August 5–14, 2011 Western Canada Summer Games 23

Kamloops Host city

Canada’s Tournament Capital


A gold medal program anada’s Tournament Capital - what better place to host the Western Canada Summer Games? Kamloops’ firstclass facilities, commitment to sport development and incredible community spirit of volunteerism are the perfect mix for this and many other events. Kamloops is situated at the confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers in the semi-arid North Thompson Valley of British Columbia’s Southern Interior. Boasting a dry, mild climate, Kamloops is one of the sunniest cities in the country. With a population of 87,000 and a service area of approximately 125,000, the city is a regional hub for industry, business, shopping, culture and entertainment. This is a land like no other in the province, where sage brush and cactus cover the surrounding hillsides and big horn sheep can be seen wandering through outlying neighbourhoods. Lakes, rivers and parks are abundant and provide some of the best fishing and outdoor recreation in the province. An extensive trail system attracts mountain bikers and cyclists from all over and a world-class ski resort is right at the doorstep. Sun Peaks Resort, only a 45 minute drive from the City has some of the best skiing anywhere in the world and where Olympic downhill ski racer Nancy Greene Raine is Director of Skiing. Kamloops has built a brand, an economy and a lifestyle on being the best at hosting tournaments and events. The City of Kamloops has adopted the Tournament Capital Program as one of its top priorities in its

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Strategic Plan and has embraced the goals of the Canadian Sport Policy. As a result Kamloops is realizing increased participation, economic generation of Sport Tourism, first class facilities, and benefiting from an active and healthier community. With close to $50 million invested, Kamloops has some of the most modern, well equipped facilities in the province. Many of these will be used during the Western Canada Summer Games where athletes will enjoy the benefits of competing in state-of-the-art facilities like the Tournament Capital Centre (TCC). This is Kamloops’ showpiece and houses an Olympic length pool, FIFA-certified artificial turf field, internationally acclaimed track and field facilities, modern training centre, well-equipped gymnastics centre and the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame. McArthur Island Sports Centre is a 51 hectare (126 ac.) island lavishly equipped with a variety of playing fields including 14 baseball diamonds and 9 full-sized soccer fields, a golf course, an indoor sports centre including an Olympic size ice surface, bicycle paths, parks and picnic area, a lagoon, a wild flora and fauna reserve, a BMX track, tennis courts, skateboard park and walking trails. These facilities amongst many others have attracted world class athletes and coaches to train in the City. The BC Lions Football Team use Hillside Stadium at TCC for their training camp. Dylan Armstrong and Sultana Frizell train at the National Throws Centre at the Tournament Capital Centre, under Anatoliy Bondarchuk who is regarded as the most accomplished hammer throw coach of all time. But there is more to Kamloops’ Tournament Capital status than plans, policies, facilities and investment. If these are the backbone of the Tournament Capital, then

s it is the community that is the heart. The people of Kamloops have unequivocally embraced sport development and healthy living like no other community in Canada. This is a community full of people who are athletes, train athletes and support athletes. The Daily News Boogie is the City’s annual run and is perhaps the best single example of the spirit of the Tournament Capital City. The run started in 1998 with 62 runners and has grown to over 2,200 of all ages and fitness levels! Race founder and coordinator, Jo Berry is the driving force behind Boogie. Her energy is infectious and her focus on movement as a way of achieving growth and balance in life are true to any sport. A dedicated team of volunteers work tirelessly all year long to prepare and plan for the next year. Businesses and organizations sponsor, promote and support the race. It has become a celebration of the City’s personality; a conglomeration of healthy living, sport, culture, volunteerism and community pride. The City of Kamloops recognizes the value of its volunteers. Without them there would be no Tournament Capital. They provide the manpower to put on events such as Boogie and the Western Canada Summer Games. Literally tens of thousands of hours are volunteered each year in Kamloops. These Games alone require the support of 2,100 volunteers. Kamloops’ volunteer force has become skilled professionals at their work providing yet another key ingredient to successful event

Top: Victoria Street, Downtown Kamloops. Above: Riverside Park, the location for the nightly Festival.

hosting and making Kamloops Canada’s Tournament Capital! Kamloops has hosted many events over the years. Some of the larger include: • 1993 Canada Summer Games • 1995 Canadian Hockey League Memorial Cup • 1998 Ford World Curling Championships • 2007 Fed Cup International Women’s Tennis • 2006 North American Short Track Speed Skating Championships

• The annual Canada Cup of Curling from 2003-2008 • 2006 IHF World Junior Hockey Championships • 2008 National Boys/Girls Basketball Championships • 2010 World Master’s Indoor Athletics Championships • 2010 Men’s Volleyball Nationals • 2010 World Masters Athletics • 2010 Canadian Gymnastic Championship • 2011 Western Canada Summer Games August 5–14, 2011 Western Canada Summer Games 25

Kelly Hubbard

WCSG LEaders



n every community there exist individuals whose tireless efforts have a immense impact on the community and who contribute something of great value to their sport. During the four years of planning the Western Canada Summer Game many such people emerged and have become essential leaders and mentors to the Games. Here is just a smattering of some of those people.

Judy Armstrong – Sport Chair, Athletics

Judy Armstrong is the President of the Kamloops Track and Field Club. She is recognized as the driving force behind the Kamloops training center being named a National Throws Center by Athletics Canada, where her son Dylan Armstrong trains. Co-chair of the 2010 World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships, Judy was involved in securing the bid for Kamloops. It was the first time a Masters Indoor event has been held outside of Europe. Securing a track and field event of this caliber in Kamloops was a milestone. Judy was recognized for her efforts in developing Athletics, in April of 2011 when she was inducted into the Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame. She is also the recipient of the 2010 NOC Official of the Year award.

Charlie Bruce – Director of Sport

Charlie Bruce

Charlie Bruce has the challenging role of overseeing the organization of all 19 different sports that will be represented at the Games. He has volunteered his experience and knowledge for numerous events including the 1993 Canada Games, 2006 B.C. Summer Games and Cross Country Ski Official for the 2010 Olympics. Charlie has many personal triumphs of physical endurance and accomplishment, including an attempt to climb Mount Everest. He began competing in Triathlon in 1982 and recently qualified in the 60 to 64 age group for the 2011 World Cup in Beijing, China. During his career Charlie has competed in three Ironman’s, improving his time each year.

Judy Armstrong

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t Builders In his role as Sport Director Charlie brings to these Games the same methodical, determination and stamina as he does to his training and competition.

Brian Dick - Sport Chair, Wrestling

An avid wrestler himself, Brian has worked tirelessly to ensure the sport thrives in Kamloops. He is the coach for the North Kamloops Wrestling Club and Head Coach of Norkam Secondary, where he recently retired from teaching after 28 years but will continue to coach. Brian is respected and admired by the many athletes he has trained. Wrestlers such as Scott Bianco, an eight-time national champion and former Olympian and Dean Dehamel who went on to great success in the U.S. college ranks. Recipient of Sport BC’s 2008 Community Sport Hero award, Brian has influenced many young lives over the past quarter century, using the mat to teach lessons in sport and in life.

Jenny John – Sport Chair, Field Hockey

Jenny John is considered the “face of field hockey” in British Columbia. Her interest in the sport began in her hometown of Essex where she earned a Physical Education Degree. She came to Canada in 1970 to teach at Norfolk House Private School in Victoria, British Columbia. Jenny’s extensive career includes 21 years as the Provincial Coordinator for the BC Women’s Field Hockey Federation where her work has defined and set the high standard for field hockey in BC today. She is a published author and among the six field hockey manuals she authored, one was translated and distributed to all thirty-three of the world’s field hockey-playing nations. Upon her retirement in 2000, the BC Women’s Field Hockey Federation established The Jenny John Award which honours Jenny for the unparalleled contribution she made to the Federation and the sport. In 2010 Jenny was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

Kelly Hubbard – technical delegate for tennis

Kelly Hubbard is the head tennis professional at the Kamloops

Tennis Association. He came to Kamloops from New Zealand, where he ran the New Zealand Tennis Academy. Prior to New Zealand he coached in Australia, California and Vancouver. He turned to coaching 15 years ago and has Tennis Canada’s Head Coach 2 certification as well as previous coaching certification in Australia and New Zealand. Through his decade and a half of coaching Kelly has coached several top-notch players, including American Gail Brodsky, Kiwi Jaden Grinter and Rebecca Marino, who is currently ranked # 39 on the WTA tour. Since coming to Kamloops Kelly’s fresh outlook and enthusiasm has expanded and rejuvenated the tennis programs for the Kamloops Tennis Association.

Keith Liddiard – Sport Chair, Soccer

Keith Liddiard is the Executive Director for the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association and a Board member of the Kamloops Sports Council. Keith began playing soccer in his hometown of Bedford England. At the age of 11 his team won the Bedfordshire Cup Championship. In 1966 his family moved to Vancouver, Canada where Keith continued to play. In 1975 he began coaching the Burnaby Willingdon Soccer Club. For 18 years, from 1978 to 1996 Keith was the Executive Director for the BC Youth Soccer Association. Throughout his career Keith has organized over 100 local, national and international youth and professional soccer tournaments. His work has encompassed everything from athlete, coach, writer, TV commentator, presenter and administrator. He has truly “done it all” in regards to the sport he loves. In 1996 he received Sport B.C.’s “Kaizen” Award” for Sport Administrator of the Year. In 1997 he receive an Honorary Life Membership from the B.C. Soccer Association and in 2008 was awarded Special Honoree by Pitt Meadows Soccer Club. Keith continues to work towards developing strong players in BC’s Interior by extend training into the winter months. The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association in working with Kamloops’ adult soccer associations to secure a permanent indoor soccer training facility. August 5–14, 2011 Western Canada Summer Games 27

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Athletes with Disabilities Compete


ara-swimmers, Special O swimmers, wheelchair tennis players and wheelchair track athletes will compete at the Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops. Swimming takes place August 11, 12 and 13 at the Canada Games Pool in the Tournament Capital Centre. Swimmers will compete in 50 m Freestyle, 100 m Freestyle, 100 m Breaststroke, 100 m Backstroke, 150 m Individual Medley or 200 m Individual Medley. Swimming is one of the longest standing sports for athletes with a disability. World records of visually impaired swimmers closely match those of their able-bodied peers. Next to athletics, swimming attracts the largest number of competitors. Wheelchair tennis will take place August 6, 7, 8 and 9 at the Kamloops Tennis Club. Players will compete in singles and doubles. Wheelchair tennis began in 1976 by 18-yearold American Brad Parks and Jeff Minnenbraker. Parks was left a paraplegic after an accident during a skiing competition. Soon after he met Jeff Minnenbraker, his recreation therapist who had been playing tennis in a wheelchair using a chair he’d built himself. Minnenbraker gave Parks some lessons and helped him build a sports wheelchair to improve his mobility on the court. The two began promoting wheelchair tennis through a series of exhibitions and the sport quickly caught on. Now, wheelchair tennis is overseen by national and international federations, and there are hundreds of tournaments around the globe annually. In 1992, wheelchair tennis debuted at the Barcelona Paralympic Games.


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Wheelchair track events take place August 6, 7 and 8 at Hillside Stadium, Tournament Capital Centre. Athletes will compete in men’s and women’s 400 m, men’s and women’s 200 m and men’s 1,500 m. Athletics is the most popular sport internationally for athletes with a disability. The pioneer of sport for rehabilitation was Sir Ludwig Guttman, director of Great Britain’s National Spinal Injuries Centre. In 1948, he organized a sports competition at Stoke Mandeville to take place in conjunction with the London Olympic Games. In 1952, the first international competition for wheelchair athletes was held when a group of Dutch athletes participated in the Stoke Mandeville Games. This was also the year when wheelchair racing was first included, and can be marked as the birth of athletics for athletes with a disability. In 1960, 23 countries and 400 athletes participated in the Stoke Mandeville Games held in Rome, Italy, immediately following the Rome Olympic Games. These were the first Paralympic Games. Kelly Smith is a marathon wheelchair racer who grew up in Kamloops. He was paralyzed in a rock climbing accident in 1991. At the time Kelly was a member

of the Canadian National Speed Skiing Team. He never let his injury slow him down and in 2004 he won the silver medal at the Athens Paralympics. Kelly continues to live life to the fullest and has done everything from mountain biking, kite boarding and free diving. He is now a motivational speaker who inspires people wherever he goes with his message of believing in yourself and having the right attitude.

Kate Morgan

You Were Made for This You Were Made for This Written by Kate Morgan

When everything you’ve worked for comes down to this And every star is used up you don’t have another wish Well you gave your heart and you gave your soul And now it’s time to let everybody know


ritten and composed by Kamloops’ own Kate Morgan, the Official Games Song “You Were Made For This”, talks about giving it your all, no holding back and proving that all your training and hard work is about to pay off. Kate’s lyrics bring to the forefront what each and every athlete participating at the Games will be thinking, feeling and experiencing as they compete in their chosen sport. Kate would know, as the song was inspired by her very own experience as a Team BC Athlete during the 2007 Western Canada Summer Games, held in Strathcona County, Alberta. She and her team-mates

competed in sprint canoe and won two bronze medals. Kate has since retired her paddle and is focusing on her music career. She is well known in the region as an up and coming musical talent; one that performed on the 2010 Lilith Fair tour, whose songs are heard on the radio and who performed with her band during the 2010 Winter Olympics. She has recently released an 8 song CD entitled “The Kate Morgan EP “. Kate and her band will perform You Were Made for This, during the Opening Ceremonies on August 5th at Interior Savings Centre. She will also be on stage during the Festival which runs from August 6 to 14 and at several of the receptions taking place during the Games.

(Chorus) Put it on the line It’s your time to shine You’re gonna show them, show them You’ve waited your whole life to cross the finish line You’re gonna show them You were made for this There’s no holding back And nothing to lose The time is now And you know what to do (Chorus) If it’s what you want go out and get it It’s not that easy but you won’t regret it (Chorus)


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Training Ground for Champions


he Western Canada Summer Games has been a training ground for young, aspiring athletes since the first competitors stepped onto the grounds in August 1975 in Regina, Saskatchewan. Since then, thousands have experienced their first taste of competing in a multi-sport event at the Western Canada Summer Games. Athletes like seventeen year old Kevin Hunt, a local cyclist who has come a long way in a short time. At first glance, Kevin seems to be pretty much your average teenager, but he has a natural talent and personal determination that is anything but average. Kevin started riding only two short years ago in 2009, after a local triathlete loaned him a road bike and he fell in love with the effortless speed. Last year, Kevin competed in the 2010 BC Summer Games, where he took gold in the mountain bike race and third overall. This was his first experience in a multi-sport event which led to his ambitions of becoming part of the provincial cycling team and eventually competing at a national level. Kevin has been encouraged by another local cyclist and Olympian, Kamloops’

own Catharine Pendrel. “Back during the Beijing Olympics, I saw Catharine Pendrel finish with the top women in the world on the mountain biking circuit. It was very inspiring when I heard her story about starting competitive cycling when she was in university and now she is near the top in the world. It keeps my beliefs high when I am just starting to compete, even if many others have been racing for multiple years,” says Kevin. Kevin’s inspiration, Catharine Pendrel has reached the pinnacle that many athletes strive for; that of becoming an Olympic Athlete. She competed in her first Olympics in 2008 in Beijing, China, coming in fourth, just short of a medal. Her goal for the future is London in 2012 and this time a medal. Catharine’s list of achievements is extensive. This July she took home her 5th World Cup at Mont-Sainte-Anne, Québec where she is known and loved by the locals. “Racing in your home country is so special.” She states. “I even had a French woman yell out during my race ‘we are proud of you Catharine’. To be able to make those that share a connection with you proud - It’s what makes the Olympics special and inspires greatness and gives meaning to what I do.” Then there are the athletes who take their talent, skill and experience and use

Catharine Pendrel

it to teach others. Like Drew Venables who rose to the top of his sport of volleyball during high school. At sixteen Drew competed at the 2003 Western Canada Summer Games in Selkirk, Manitoba. This was his first introduction to multi-sport competition at a high caliber level. He and his teammates were quite comfortable with their status as top athletes in their hometown of Kamloops, but here they were one of hundreds of others who excelled in their sport. When talking about his experience at the 2003 Games Drew recalls, “Competing at this level you learn how to be an athlete. You learn all about nutrition, exercise and the level of physical and mental dedication it takes to be a professional athlete.” Drew went on to play Setter for University College of the Cariboo, now Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and the University of Manitoba Bisons. He has now returned home to Kamloops as Assistant Coach to the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s volleyball team and will be Assistant Coach to TRU and Team BC Volleyball Coach, Pat Hennelly for the 2011 Games. Kamloops is home to many successful athletes. To name them all would take pages. To find one that outshines the others is impossible. They come from all walks of life and excel in a vast, variety of sports. But the one thing they all have in common, is they all started somewhere. They all first competed in an event like the Western Canada Summer Games that ignited their desire to become the best. Drew Venables, left

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he word Kamloops is derived from the Shuswap word Tk’emlúps, meaning ‘where the rivers meet’. The area has been the home of the Tk’emlupsemc or ‘people of the confluence’ for centuries. Their traditional territory stretches from the Columbia River valley along the Rocky Mountains, west to the Fraser River, and south to the Arrow Lakes. The Tk’emlúps Indian Band are members of the Interior-Salish Secwepemc (Shuswap) speaking peoples of British Columbia. The Band is located adjacent to and within the City of Kamloops. It currently has approximately 1,000 members living on and off its 33,000-acre reserve. With a strong progressive economy they are a community partner in many initiatives including sport, education and economic development projects. Tk’emlups has active language and cultural programs and its Sk’elep School of Excellence is one of the largest First Nations

elementary schools in British Columbia. The school combines tradition with modern education to provide children with an encompassing future. The word Sk’elep is the Shuswap language name for “the Trickster” or Coyote, a symbolic and legendary creature within the culture. The heritage and traditions of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc thrive and are an integral part of the community fabric in the Kamloops area. This can be experienced at the annual Kamloopa Pow Wow, one of the largest First Nations celebrations in Canada. Every summer, the Kamloopa Pow Wow brings together 1,300 performers, competitors, arts and crafts people and more than 15,000 spectators to this three-day First Nations event. Organized by the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, the powwow is one of Canada’s most unique cultural experiences combining athletic competitions, singing, dancing, storytelling and food. More than 30 bands from Western Canada and the Northern US gather for the event, held in the large, wooden, circular open-air stadium arbor next to the Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park. The Secwepemc Museum & Heritage Park is dedicated to preserving the language, history & culture of the Shuswap People. It features historical photographs, illustrations, and artifacts, as well as displays on traditional Shuswap hunting, fishing, clothing, games, food gathering, and cooking. Below the museum are a series of trails winding through the archaeological remains of a 2,000-year old Shuswap winter village site with reconstructed winter pit houses and a summer village, complete with a tule mat lodge, hunting lean-to, fish drying rack, fish trap, smoke house, and traditional plant foods. Audiences will be treated firsthand to a spectacular display of Tk’emlups te Secwepemc culture during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Western Canada Summer Games, as traditional dancers and drummers will be involved with the show. Chief Shane Gottfriedson himself will be one of the Torch Bearers for the Torch Relay which ends inside the stadium where the cauldron will be lit during Opening Ceremonies. In recent years Tk’emlups Indian Band began a dedicated Sports and Recreation Program with the focus of developing lifelong fitness and athlete development.

Coordinator Anne Keith administers a number of adult programs including a boot camp, yoga and a beginner fitness, nutrition and exercise program. Youth programs include a summer camp with the canoe/kayak club, Olympic Way Swim program with PacificSport, a junior academy golf team which is in its second year at Mt. Paul Golf Course and a 14 member First Nations snowboard team. The biggest participation is in hockey which is continually growing in popularity with the youth. Chief Shane Gottfriedson has now held three First Nations hockey tournaments that have attracted participation of 1,000 kids each year. The community has several young athletes that are excelling in their sport. Thirteen year old Squwey Gottfriedsen recently competed in the 2011 Team BC – Female Bantam Tryouts, and was chosen to represent BC in the National Championships. Squwey also competes in women’s hockey. “This young girl is on fire,” stated Keith. Although it is in grassroots stages, Coordinator Anne Keith confirms the programs are taking off! Future plans include more staff to accommodate the overwhelming response to fitness and sport within the community. August 5–14, 2011 Western Canada Summer Games 35

Kamloops sport council

One Voice for Sport!


he Kamloops Sports Council is a non-profit organization with the mandate of being the voice for sport in Kamloops and represents the many sport clubs and organizations that share common objectives, issues, and goals. The Vision of the Sports Council is to enrich Kamloops lifestyle and economy through sport. The Sports Council takes on many initiatives throughout the year including coordinating the Annual Athletics Awards & Sport Hall of Fame Banquet and Event. As well they maintain the Tournament Capital

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Club which recognizes and rewards the contribution of sport volunteers. The goal of the club is to create a community of sport volunteers filled with pride, achievement, and spirit. The Club complements the work of sport groups and event organizers as Kamloops continue to set a standard of excellence in sport event hosting. Some of the benefits of being a member of the Club include distribution of information about upcoming volunteer opportunities, regular communication via newsletter and e-blasts, opportunities to win monthly draws and benefits and discounts from the Club’s Community Boosters.

October 15, 2011 the Sports Council will host the Canadian Sport for Life Provincial Conference. It will feature guest speakers and workshops that focus on sport development in local communities.


Powering Sport, Keeping Our Heroes at Home


acificSport Interior BC provides sport development and performance programs and services for athletes and coaches at all levels. The Kamloops-based center is connected to a network of five PacificSport Centres and three National campuses across the province. There are currently 14 affiliated sports in the Interior BC region: Alpine Skiing, Athletics, Baseball, Basketball, Canoe/Kayak, Curling, Diving, Gymnastics, Speed Skating, Swimming, Trampoline, Women’s Hockey, Wrestling and X Country Skiing PacificSport Interior BC was the first centre named in the Province of BC in

November 1994 as a Provincial Government initiative. This is a legacy from the 1993 Canada Summer Games hosted in Kamloops and our goal is to provide enhanced delivery of training, education and services to athletes, coaches, sport volunteers and sport specialists throughout Interior BC. As a not-for-profit organization, PacificSport has established strong partnerships which have been crucial to our success: Province of British Columbia, 2010 LegaciesNow, City of Kamloops Canada’s Tournament Capital, Thompson Rivers University, School District #73, Kamloops

Blazer’s Sport Society, and the local and provincial sport organizations that are integral to sport in the area. Together we are Partners Powering Sport. The motto for PacificSport Interior BC is “Keeping Our Heroes at Home”. We strive to provide opportunities for athletes to train under high performance coaches while accessing services to support their development at home. The combination of world-class training facilities, certified coaching along with the opportunities related to hosting, we are well positioned to provide great support in BC’s Interior region.

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University an Ideal Partner


Athletes Village thletes competing in the Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games will stay at Thompson Rivers University in the TRU Residences. An ideal partnership between the Host Society and the University was established and provides athletes with the ultimate village experience. Set atop a hillside overlooking the City, with the Thompson Rivers and Mount Paul as a backdrop, athletes will have their meals provided at the Campus Activity Center and have use of many of the other stateof-the-art facilities within TRU. The partnership with Kamloops’ International University goes beyond the use of facilities. Members of the faculty have been involved with planning the Games and students have been involved with developing facilities. TRU students from the Residential Carpentry Program assisted with upgrades to the facilities at Shumway Lake where rowing/canoe/kayak will be held.

Above: Thompson Rivers University Residences Right, above: Thompson Rivers University Art Building.


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Other venues for the Games include: Media Centre Located in the TCC Wolf Den Medical facility Located at TRU in the Arts and Education Building Mission Center Located at TRU in the Arts and Education Building Officials Center Out of town Technical Officials stay at the Thompson Hotel Operations Center “Ops Center” provides central communications to all venues during the Games and is located in the Games Office Transportation Center Busing for participants, a motor pool of vehicles, and a dispatch center is located at TRU VIP Center The Host Hotel at Hotel 540 provides accommodations and services to accredited VIPs and Observers at the Games Volunteer Central A volunteer center to support the 2,100 Games volunteers provides support services


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middle of the court, with the top edge of the net set to a height of 5 ft (1.52 m) from the ground at the Centre and 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m) at the posts. A game is played to 15 points, except in women’s singles, in which a game is played to 11 points.

August 6, 7, 8, 9 Hillside Stadium A province/territory can bring up to 50 athletes to compete in 100m, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m, 1,500 m, 3,000 m, 5,000 m, 110 m hurdles, 400 m hurdles, steeplechase, 4 x 100 m relay, 4 x 400 m relay, 5 km walk, high jump, long jump, triple jump, pole vault, shot put, discus, javelin, hammer, decathlon, heptathlon, and wheelchair track events. The age of the participants is generally under 21. Hillside Stadium is a full track and field facility with a separate dedicated throws area, all adjacent to the Tournament Capital Centre and a short walk over to the Athletes Village. The Stadium has permanent seating for 1,800 spectators. Kamloops is proud of Dylan Armstrong who was born and raised in Kamloops and is a 7 time Canadian Champion in Shot Put. He currently holds the Canadian Record at 22.21 meters. Dylan trains in Kamloops and is currently ranked No. 1 in the IAAF Diamond League.

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Baseball August 6, 7, 8, 9 Norbrock Stadium and Canada Games Field, McArthur Island Park

women’s doubles, 2 men’s doubles, and 1 mixed doubles. Each team will have 10 athletes, one coach, and one manager. TRU Gym has 4 hardwood game courts and extra practice courts in TCC will also be available. Badminton can be traced back to a 2,000 year old game called “battledore and shuttlecock” which was played in ancient Greece. Badminton today involves the use of a net, lightweight rackets, and a shuttlecock, a cork ball fitted with stabilizing feathers. It is played by two or four players on a marked-out area 44 ft (13.41 m) long by 17 ft (5.18 m) wide for the twoplayer game and 20 ft (6.10 m) wide for the four-player game. A net is fixed across the

Baseball action will be seen on McArthur Island in the first week of the Games. The four western provinces will compete in double round robin play over 4 days. Athletes will be 15 and under for this Games. Norbrock Stadium has seating for 1,750 spectators. The Canada Games Field west of the main stadium will be a second venue for competition. Alberta won the gold medal in Baseball in 2007. Who will be the top team in 2011?

r Games Sports who will compete in week one over four days. Kamloops was able to expand the site which was used for the BC Games, to include 3 International standard courts plus one practice court. Matches start at 1:00 on Saturday, August 6th. Gold medal matches are scheduled for 1:00 on August 9th. Beach volleyball makes its first appearance in a Western Canada Games in 2011!

races each year and is the home of World Cup Champion Catherine Pendrel.


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August 6, 7, 8, 9 Tournament Capital Centre The Tournament Capital Centre will be the venue for all basketball games in week one. Six men’s teams and four women’s teams will compete in competition over 4 days. Athletes in the games will be 15 and under. Gold medal matches are scheduled for August 9th, starting at 1:00 pm. In 2007, BC won the men’s division and Alberta won the women’s event. This venue is the home for Thompson Rivers University’s basketball teams, the Wolfpack. The WolfPack will be out scouting for future varsity players!

Canoe/Kayak August 7, 8, 9 Shumway Lake Events include K1, K2, C1, and C2 races at 200 m, 500 m, 1,000 m, and 2,000 m for both men and women and C4 and K4 events at 200 m, 500 m, and 100 m also for men and women. One of the fun events is a mixed war canoe race over 500 m. The 16 athletes representing their province must be under the age of 19. The Shumway Lake paddling facilities were established for the 1993 Canada Games and have become the home for the Kamloops Canoe and Kayak Club and the Kamloops Rowing Club. A 2,000 m Albano course was installed in 1991 and upgraded in 2010.

August 12, 13, 14 Hillside Stadium Women’s field hockey teams will have 15 players, 2 coaches, and a manager. Athletes must be under the age of 19 and the teams will play in a round robin format, starting on August 12th. Hillside Stadium has artificial turf – Sportexe Power Blade HP, installed in Sept 2005. Below the surface is fibrillated polyethylene fiber in a mixture of SBR rubber and sand (30% sand and 70% SBR). This is an ideal playing surface for field hockey. The gold medal match is scheduled for 10:00 am on August 14th.

Cycling August 11, 12, 14 Valleyview Cycle Centre

Beach Volley Ball August 6, 7, 8, 9 Overlander Park The newly upgraded Beach Volleyball facility at Overlander Park will be the venue for 6 men’s and 6 women’s teams

Three cycling events will take place in the valley on the east side of Kamloops. Men’s and Women’s time Trial and Road Race events will be staged Aug. 11th and 12th respectively. The men’s and women’s mountain bike races will take place on the Vallyeview Bike Ranch trails on Aug. 14th. A provincial/territorial team consists of 10 riders, all under the age of 20. Kamloops hosts a number of top-notch August 5–14, 2011 Western Canada Summer Games 43

petition. The apparatus finals for women includes vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercises. Men compete in floor exercise, pommel, rings, vault, parallel bars, and the high bar. The Canadian Artistic Gymnastics Championships were hosted at the Tournament Capital Centre in 2010 and many of the same athletes will return to compete again in Kamloops. Competition starts at 1:45 on August 12th. Seating is limited at the gymnastics venue so early arrivals are recommended.


August 11th and the gold medal match is scheduled for 10:00 on August 14th.

August 12, 13, 14 The Dunes Golf Club The Dunes features an 18 hole Graham Cooke designed Championship course, 5,441 yards for women and 6,191 yards for men with 4 Par 3’s, 10 Par 4’s and 4 Par 5’s. A provincial team consists of 4 men and 4 women, a coach, and a manager. Players have one official practice round followed by two rounds of individual/team competition to determine team placing and medals. The final day is the third round of individual competition for the final individual standings and medals. This is golf’s first appearance in the Western Canada Games!

Soccer August 11, 12, 13, 14 McArthur Island Soccer Centre

Rowing August 12, 13, 14 Shumway Lake Each provincial team will consist of 8 men, 8 women, and 2 coxswain who compete in single sculls, double sculls, quad sculls, pairs oars without coxswain, four oars without coxswain, and eight oars with coxswain. All time trials cover a distance of 1,500 m and the finals use the full 2,000 m course. Rowing shells are transported to Kamloops from all over Western Canada for the four days of competition, which starts early on August 12th. Rowers must be under 19 years of age. 132 medals will be awarded by the time the rowing events end on August 14th.

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August 11, 12, 13, 14 Kamloops Rugby Club BC has won every men’s rugby competition in all Canada Games and Western Canada Games to date. Will this be the same result in 2011? Four teams of 10 players each will compete in a double round-robin format followed by medals rounds. Players are under 16. Games start

All soccer competitions will be hosted at the McArthur island Soccer Centre. Six provinces/territories will compete in a two pool round robin format, followed by cross-over finals. Teams consists of 17 players, under 16 years old. Competition starts August 10th at 9:00 and continues up to the gold medal games on August 14th. Soccer is a big sport in the Kamloops area and McArthur Island sees some big tournaments each year; many hosted by the Kamloops Youth Soccer Association. In the 2007 Games Manitoba won the men’s competition and Alberta won the women’s. Will home team advantage prevail in 2011?


2 wheelchair athletes representing their province/territory. Will the next Milos Raonic or Rebecca Marino play in this year’s 2011 Games?

August 6, 7, 8, 9 Charles Anderson Stadium


All competition will take place in Charles Anderson Stadium, which has 2 lit stadium-style fields for men’s and women’s competition plus two adjacent practice fields. Teams of 14 players will compete in a round-robin format followed by medals rounds. The first games are on August 6th and the gold medal match is scheduled for 6:00pm on August 9th. The age class for this competition is under 16 for both men and women. For the next games in 2015, only women’s softball is included in the program so the winner of the men’s competition in 2011 will have “bragging rights” for the next 8 years.

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tition starts at 9:00 on August 11th and continues with preliminaries in the morning and finals in the evening on August 12th and 13th. The 5km pool swim events are scheduled for August 14th.

tennis August 6, 7, 8, 9 Kamloops Tennis Centre

swimming August 11, 12, 13, 14 Canada Games Aquatics Centre, Tournament Capital Centre Swimming events will be hosted at the Canada Games Aquatics Centre which was first built for the 1993 Canada Summer Games. It is an Olympic-sized (50m) 8-lane competition pool with state-of-theart starting blocks and the home of the Kamloops Classics Swim Club. About 180 participants will compete in the Games. It will include able-bodied athletes, paraswimmers, and Special Olympics athletes. The events include 200 breast, 100 free, 400 individual medley, 100 back, 1,500 free, 200 fly, 50 free, 200 back, 100 back, 400 free, 100 breast, 200 free, 100 fly, 150 individual medley, 800 free, 4 x 100 medley relay, 4 x 200 free relay, 4 x 100 free relay, and a 5 km pool swim. Compe-

Triathlon competition will be hosted at Lac le Jeune, 25km south of Kamloops at an elevation of 4,200 ft. in an area adjacent to the Lac le Jeune Lodge. Each team consists of 3 males and 3 females who will compete in the individual triathlon (750 m open water swim, 20 km cycle, and 5 km run), the triathlon relay (375m swim, 10km cycle, and 2.5 km run), and the individual sport relay event (750 m swim, 20 km cycle, and 5 km run). The swim will be in open water at the west end of Lac le Jeune. The running route will be on loops along a local road. The cycle route will also use loops on local roads. Triathletes must be under the age of 19 to be eligible for the Games. Spectators may want to visit nearby Lac le Jeune Provincial Park for a swim at the beach on a hot summer day.

The Kamloops Tennis Centre was built in 1991 for the 1993 Canada Games. It has 8 courts, 5 of which have lights. The field of play meets national standards for competition. A clubhouse, a winter bubble, and additional features were added by the Kamloops Tennis Association in succeeding years, with the support of the City of Kamloops. Teams from 5 provinces/territories will compete in women’s singles, men’s singles, women’s doubles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles, wheelchair singles, and wheelchair doubles in a round-robin, head-to-head tie format. Matches start Aug. 6 at noon and continue through to about 2:00 on August 9th. Players are under the age of 16 years (under 36 for wheelchair), with 4 females, 4 males, and

Volleyball August 11, 12, 13, 14 Tournament Capital Centre Field House Volleyball competition will be in the Tournament Capital Center field house. Three hardwood floors and 2,500 seats will make the venue a spectator favourite. Six men’s and six women’s teams will compete in round robin competition, followed by medals rounds. The first games start at 9:00 on August 11th and continue August 5–14, 2011 Western Canada Summer Games 45

through to the gold medal games on August 14th. Team BC’s volleyball team will be coached by Kamloops WolfPack coach, Pat Hennelly.

Wrestling August 7, 8, 9 McArthur Island Park When Kamloops hosted the 1993 Canada Games, wrestling competitions were hosted in McArthur Island Sport and Event Center and now 18 years later, all competition will again be featured in the same location. Wrestlers from all 7 provinces and territories will compete in 2011. For men, the weight classes are 39-42 kg, 46 kg, 50 kg, 54 kg, 58 kg, 63 kg, 69kg, 76 kg, 85 kg, 100 kg, and 115 kg. For women the weight classes are 40 kg, 43 kg, 46 kg, 49 kg, 52 kg, 56 kg, 60 kg, 65 kg, 70 kg, and 80 kg. All wrestlers will be under 16 for the Games. The first two days will feature dual meets of one team versus another. The final day of competition will be individual competitions for final individual standings and medals in each weight class. The individual gold medal rounds are scheduled for August 9th at 3:00.

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Lake & Park Improvements


very multi-sport Games hosted in the community provides legacies. In preparation for the Western Canada Summer Games, Kamloops has been able to add significant site improvements to Shumway Lake and Overlander Park. Shumway Lake has new rowing and canoe/kayak courses, new docks, and shore facilities. These were built with support from a Federal Government grant, from Friends of the Games sponsors, and from the efforts of volunteers. At Overlander Park, two small beach volleyball courts were built for the BC Games. With the support of Friends of the Games sponsors and the City of Kamloops, the courts were expanded to national competition specifications. The Volleyball community will be hosting events here in the future. Equipment purchased for the Games will support local and area sport groups. To house 2,300 participants, the Host Society purchased 500 bunk beds (1,000 beds) stored in steel containers. These beds will stay in the community. Event management

software licensing was also purchased for future large events in the area. The ABC’s of Team BC Legacy Project is an initiative of the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games Team BC program. Team BC, in partnership with Literacy in Kamloops (LinK), will launch the “Bright Red Bookshelf” project in Kamloops. The ABC’s Legacy Project (Athletes Believing in Communities) teams up with LinK to fill custom built bright red bookshelves placed in designated locations in Kamloops with new and gently used children’s books. Children can enjoy these books at the sites and take home free books. Every Games also provides opportunities for human legacies. Sport groups and of-

Above: Thompson River University carpentry students helped build new facilities at Shumway Lake.

ficials can upgrade their certification, skills, and experience, opening the door to future opportunities. Sport groups are also linked to provincial and national sport organizations, starting the process of talking about sport, officials, coaching, organizational development and hosting opportunities. Volunteers gain valuable experience and leaders are established for the future within the Canada’s Tournament Capital. Finally community spirit and pride is fostered and becomes part of what it means to live in a community like Kamloops.


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End notes

Handing over the Torch


fter four years of meeting, planning, building, and finally implementing, the Kamloops 2011 Western Canada Summer Games will proudly hand over the torch to Wood Buffalo, Alberta, Host community for the 2015 Games. We can tell the future hosts that it has been a great honour to be a part of planning and hosting these Games We can also tell you that it’s going to be a lot of work! But it will be worth it. When the last athlete gets on the plane to head home and the last volunteer puts away the last bit of equipment you will feel just as we do now; PROUD, satisfied with a job well done and just a little bit sad in knowing that it’s all over. The

friendships you have forged through striving for common goals will last forever but there won’t be that same day to day connection. The City will seem just a little bit quieter and a little bit emptier. But you, like us, will always have the experience and memories of being a part of Western Canada’s premier multi-sport event! The young athletes that have spent the last ten days in intense competition, have been provided with an experience of a lifetime; one that will supply lasting memories, new friends and a tremendous learning experience in their athletic career as well as their personal life. We hope that you have enjoyed your time in Kamloops and that the competition and celebration was as exciting for you as it was for us. Looking back at these past four years,

at the highs and lows, the failures and the successes there is a common thread through it all. That is the people. Thousands of people have come together at this place and time to make this event happen. It isn’t possible to recognize them all individually. But we will say here and now a heartfelt, sincere thank you to each and every one of you, to all the unsung heroes who devoted their time and themselves. No matter how big or how small a role you played, it was important and it made these Games special. From athletes, to coaches, managers and parents, from the Chefs, to City Officials, sponsors, volunteers, torch bearers, staff and the community, these Games truly did begin and end with you.

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