B.C. Games countdown starts

Mission to host 2014 B.C. Winter Games in February

Mission RCMP Auxiliary constables Jamie Nokes (left) and Roy Hafeli pull back the curtain on the B.C. Winter Games countdown clock Tuesday at the Leisure Centre.

Mission RCMP Auxiliary constables Jamie Nokes (left) and Roy Hafeli pull back the curtain on the B.C. Winter Games countdown clock Tuesday at the Leisure Centre.

In just over one year, Mission will host the largest multi-sport event the community has ever seen.

The 2014 B.C. Winter Games countdown clock was shown off Tuesday morning at the Mission Leisure Centre, where it will be mounted in the lobby, and tick off the days until the hundreds of athletes arrive.

The Games’ success will be driven by the volunteer efforts of local citizens, said Mission Mayor Ted Adlem.

Politicians and staff of the day submitted a bid in September 2008, and by April 2009, Mission’s success at securing the event was announced.

“[The Games] are the first rung en route to the Olympics,” said Adlem.

A board of directors has been in place for months, helmed by Brian Antonson, and about 2,000 volunteers will be needed.

It will be possible to sign up to volunteer online at bcgames.org after April, but before then, call the Chamber of Commerce at 604-826-6914. There will also be an opportunity to put your name forward at the April 27 Community Service Awards.