February 26, 2016 - 10:41 AM
PENTICTON - The Penticton 2016 B.C. Winter Games are underway.
There was a sold-out crowd for the opening ceremonies at the South Okanagan Events Centre last night, Feb. 25, according to a media release from the B.C. Games Society.
Thousands watched from the stands as over 1,700 athletes paraded into the arena.
Peter de la Mothe, Brayden Kuroda, Anna Spence and Caitlyn Riddle, who are all competing for the Thompson-Okanagan zone during the games, carried the torch.
Penticton MLA Dan Ashton, Penticton mayor Andrew Jakubeit and Penticton Indian Band Chief Jonathan Kruger welcomed the crowd.
Two-time Olympic freestyle skier Kristi Richards of Summerland provided the highlight of the evening with an inspiring speech describing her athletic experience that culminated at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics when she fell while making her gold medal run. She got up and continued to finish the course, performing one of the best aerials in her career.
“Every moment is a chance to perform,” she told the athletes. “Enjoy every moment.”
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