Sport and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics

Participation

  • Membership in several winter sports grew significantly in the 5 years leading up to the Games:
    • Alpine Skiing +21%
    • Para Alpine Skiing +24%
    • Cross Country Skiing +24%
    • Figure Skating +26%
    • Freestyle Skiing +52%
    • Hockey +8%
    • Snowboarding +21%
  • BC Sport Participation Program brought 268,000 new participants from over 120 communities into sport, and trained more than 11,380 coaches and leaders. The program was jointly funded by the Province of B.C. and the Government of Canada.

Performance

  • British Columbian athletes have earned 22 Commonwealth Games medals and 16 World Championship medals since the 2010 Winter Games
  •  The Game Plan BC program, initiated in 2003-04 with objective of putting more B.C. athletes on Olympic and Paralympic teams in 2010 supported the following athletes at the Games:
    • Alpine Ski – Robbie Dixon and Manual Osborne-Paradis
    • Biathlon – Megan Tandy
    • Ski Cross – Julia Murray and Kelsey Serwa
    • Para Curling – Ina Forrest, Sonja Gaudet and Darryl Neighbour
  • 43% of BC athletes at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games had previously competed at a BC Games. These BC Games Alumni contributed four gold medals and one silver medal to Canada’s record-breaking results.

Sport Hosting and Volunteerism

  • Over 25,000 volunteers participated in the Olympic and Paralympic Games and were provided with specific training they can now take back to their communities and Provincial Sport Organizations.
  • Since the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Games facilities have and will continue to host many national and international sporting events
  •  In addition to the Games venues, between 2004-05 and 2008-09, the Province of B.C. supported upgrading and building new sport facilities around the province.

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