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Feb. 20, 2001


VICTORIA – B.C. Olympic skier and World Cup downhill winner Rob Boyd called on young British Columbia athletes today to set their sights on the 2002 BC Winter Games, which start one year tomorrow in Williams Lake.

“The Games are a whole lot of fun and a great goal for young athletes,” said Boyd.  “Athletes from 10 to 17 should visit the BC Games Web site at to check out the age group in their sport and the contact near them.”


Boyd, 35, who lives in Whistler, emphasized the need to find a certified coach and commit now.  “My coach Mike McGrath got me to the Games.  

There are links from the Games Web site to the provincial sport organizations that can help athletes find a coach near them.”


Boyd joins BC Games Society co-chair Marion Lay as an advocate for the new youth-oriented BC Games.  Lay, who won a bronze medal in swimming in 1968, said: “Our Games are the first step up the ladder, and I think it’s a really important first step.”


The 1980 BC Winter Games were Boyd’s first opportunity to compete against athletes from around British Columbia.  “I didn’t do that well, but it sure helped prepare me for what I would face at the Canada Games and Olympics,” Boyd said. Since then, he’s won a Canada Games gold medal, three World Cup downhills, and a spot on three Olympic teams in Calgary, Albertville, and Lillehammer.


There are 20 sports in the 2002 BC Winter Games.  Sports in the BC Winter Games must have teams from at least six of the zones of the province in order to be on the Games program.  Most sports have teams from all eight zones. 


The BC Games Society makes it easy to attend.  “We pay for and organize charter transportation, accommodation, meals and entertainment – all for an athlete registration fee of $50,” said Games President and CEO Kelly Mann.  “There is no charge for coaches, managers and chaperones.”


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