BC Games Legacy

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Welcome to the BC Games Legacy page!



The BC Games Society is rallying behind the City of Maple Ridge following cancellation of this year’s summer games (that were scheduled for July 23-26) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Explore below to learn about the legacy funding and the brand new Karina LeBlanc Game Changer Award!

Background


To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of British Columbians, the 2020 BC Summer Games that were scheduled in Maple Ridge were cancelled in March. Fortunately, the City of Maple Ridge was given the opportunity to host the 2024 Summer Games and council unanimously voted in favour of hosting.

While the decision to cancel this year's Games was unfortunate for athletes and coaches across the province who did not have a BC Games experience this summer, the Society is introducing new ways to celebrate local athletes and to support the betterment of sport in Maple Ridge.

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Named after Karina LeBlanc, retired Olympic bronze medalist and one of the longest serving soccer players for Canada, the Karina LeBlanc Game Changer Award was developed to recognize the achievement of a young individual who has created opportunities for underrepresented youth in their community to participate more fully in sport.

Maple Ridge hometown hero Karina LeBlanc is a game changer both on and off the field of play. Since retiring from professional sport, Karina LeBlanc uses her platform as a way to inspire and challenge people to live life purposefully. Karina has been the Head of Women's Football for CONCACAF and its 41 countries since 2018 and aims to use football as a mechanism to save young girls’ lives through the sport.

As a legacy of the Maple Ridge 2020 BC Summer Games, this year’s Karina LeBlanc Game Change Award will provide one outstanding Maple Ridge youth with $1,000 to recognize their significant work and dedication to developing sport in their community.

The goal of this award is to identify, recognize, and celebrate the accomplishments of an outstanding young person who has moved their community forward in youth sport or recreation. Nominations for this award are now closed. 

Award Announcement

The BC Games Society has not yet determined the date of the award's announcement; however, the winner will be awarded by the end of 2020. 

This page will provide updates from and links to updates on the Karina LeBlanc Game Changer Award. Stay tuned for more!
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The Province, through the BC Games Society, is providing the City of Maple Ridge with $125,000 to support local sport and community development projects and to ensure people will still benefit from the city being chosen to host the BC Summer Games in 2020 despite the cancellation. This funding will allow for a lasting positive impact in the community and is an acknowledgement of the tremendous work that the volunteers had put into the planning of what would have been a very successful BC Summer Games.

Funding Allocation


This page will provide updates from and links to information on the BC Games Society website on the allocation of the legacy funding. Stay tuned for more information!
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The City of Maple Ridge proudly hosted the BC Summer Games 1983 and again in 1998. For a trip down memory lane, view the gallery of photos and newspaper clippings from previous Games! 

We look forward to hosting the BC Summer Games once more in 2024.

Past BC Games in Maple Ridge