100 + Communities Competing To Become Gamestown 2010
For Immediate Release
Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport
September 28, 2009
VICTORIA – Port Alberni became the 100th community to submit an entry into ActNow BC’s GamesTown 2010 competition, which allows communities to showcase their healthy living and Olympic spirit, announced Mary McNeil, Minister of State for the Olympics and ActNow BC.“All of the more than 100 communities across the province involved in the GamesTown 2010 contest truly embody the healthy living spirit, but only one community will take the grand prize of being named GamesTown 2010,” said McNeil. “As we are only one month away from the deadline to register your community into GamesTown 2010, I encourage communities that are not already involved to enter the contest and embrace the spirit of sport, healthy living and the 2010 Winter Games.”
Nineteen new communities won prizes in July and August 2009, including Olympic and Paralympic tickets, a visit from an Olympic or Paralympic athlete and prize packs through GamesTown 2010. In total, 79 of the 102 communities have won a prize. Not only was Port Alberni the 100th community to enter GamesTown 2010, children from the area recently had the opportunity to travel to Vancouver to participate in a Richmond Oval Free Skate through the 2010 GamesKids program, an ActNow BC initiative.
Entries for GamesTown 2010 are judged on the creativity and enthusiasm of their submissions that reflect healthy living, environmental sustainability, level of community engagement at recreation facilities and in amateur sports, the spirit of the 2010 Games and the community’s participation in the World Healthy Living Challenge.
British Columbians can now use the ActNow BC Activity Map, a new online resource, to find communities that are entered into GamesTown 2010 and countries around the world that are taking the World Healthy Living Challenge. As well, the map includes event listings from across the province leading up to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. To view the map and search events, go to www.actnowbc.ca/event/map
The deadline for GamesTown 2010 registration is Oct. 31, 2009. After that, an online voting period will allow the public to choose the top 10 communities, but registered communities will still be able to upload stories, photos and videos.
A panel of B.C. celebrities, including Olympians Steve Podborski, Simon Whitfield and Nancy Greene Raine, along with Dr. Rhonda Low from CTV, will select gold, silver and bronze medal winners. The gold, silver and bronze medal winners will receive cash awards of $100,000, $50,000 and $25,000, respectively, to put toward upgrading a local sport or healthy living facility. Grand prize winners will also receive tickets to the 2010 Winter Games.
For more information, and to enter your community in the GamesTown 2010 contest, visit www.GamesTown2010.ca Join thousands of British Columbians and citizens around the world in making B.C. the healthiest region ever to host an Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games by signing up for the World Healthy Living Challenge at www.actnowbc.ca
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Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport
GAMESTOWN 2010 PRIZE WINNERS
In draws held in July and August, six communities won Olympic tickets, 11 communities won Paralympic tickets and two communities won a visit from an Olympic or Paralympic athlete.
100 Mile House Paralympic tickets
Ladysmith Paralympic tickets
Lake Country Paralympic tickets
Saanich Paralympic tickets
Sicamous Paralympic tickets
Tofino Paralympic tickets
Vancouver (City of) Paralympic tickets
Williams Lake Paralympic tickets
Chemainus First Nation Olympic tickets
City of Langley Olympic tickets
Vanderhoof Olympic tickets
Vernon Athlete visit
Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Olympic tickets
Salmon Arm Olympic tickets
Prince Rupert Olympic tickets
Peachland Paralympic tickets
Kimberley Paralympic tickets
Merritt Paralympic tickets
Nelson Athlete visit