Last night was the Opening Ceremonies to the BC Winter Games 2020. It has been a long time coming. The last couple days have been the longest ever.
The night before, our Zone flew in on a chartered flight Off On Their Own. Earlier today, my wife and I flew in to Fort St. John with a few other parents. When we arrived, we had a chance to watch the kids from our zone as they warmed up on the ice.
In the early evening, my wife and I wandered nearby where the Opening Ceremonies were being held. We saw some amazing ice sculptures. With the chill in the air, it is no wonder that the sculptures looked fantastic.
The ceremonies were filled with pomp and circumstance. Starting with some of the local cheer and dance groups performing. Then the organizers of the games were introduced, followed by the entrance of the athletes. 1500 athletes that arrived on 12 charter planes and 5 buses.
Before the ceremonies ended the key speaker- Denny Morrison- took the stage and delivered a fantastic speech. He is the Fort St. John local hero who has won Medals for Canada at the Olympics for Speed Skating (Our son was also coached by him last summer). The flame was brought into the arena and passed to Denny. He lit the cauldron and the games had officially begun!
Now it’s on to cheering for the kids as they compete in their respective sports. Best of luck to all the athletes this weekend. We are rooting for you!
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