BC Disability Games Kicks Off Four Days of Competition

July 16, 2009

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For further information, call
Anita Perler, President 604-466-0335


Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows B.C. –. The 2009 BC Disability Games kicks off next week in Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge showcasing a variety of competitors in 5 & 10-pin bowling, lawn bowls, golf, and equestrian events at venues throughout the two communities. The Games will also feature “Give it a Go” events that will allow anyone of any level of ability to participate alongside athletes with a disability in archery, canoeing, kayaking, disc golf, sitting volleyball, table tennis, and dragon boating.

“Between the sporting competitions and Give it a Go events, there will be a wealth of things for people to see and do during this year's BC Disability Games,” said Anita Perler, President of the 2009 BC Disability Games Board of Directors. “I encourage everyone to come out to participate and cheer on the athletes.”

The 2009 Games will commence with the Opening Ceremony on July 23, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Golden Ears Winter Club at the Maple Ridge Fair Grounds. The event is open to the public and will feature a parade of athletes, live entertainment including demonstrations and music performances, and the lighting of the Games torch.

A concert and dance benefitting the Games will take place at the Golden Ears Winter Club on Friday, July 24. Juno Award-winning blues musician Jim Byrnes and his renowned band will be performing classic rock and blues. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, and are available by calling the ACT Theatre at 604-476-2787 or the Golden Ears Winter Club at 604-463-4813, or online at www.theactmapleridge.org. The show is a licensed event, so ticketholders must be 19 or older.

The Games will conclude with the Closing Ceremony at 1:30 pm on July 26 at the Golden Ears Winter Club. The event will include live entertainment, video footage of the Games, remarks from dignitaries, and the opportunity to reflect on the achievements of all Games participants.

The 2009 BC Disability Games and various outlets across the two communities are also offering a wide selection of souvenir T-shirts, jackets, hoodies, hats, and commemorative pins. Many of these items are being offered for the first time ever and can also be purchased online at the Games website at www.disabilitygames2009.ca.

Citizens can join in “Celebrating the Spirit” of the 2009 BC Disability Games by attending events, the Games, and by registering to become a volunteer.  For complete listings of events, how to become a sponsor, and Games news, visit the website at www.disabilitygames2009.ca or contact the Games office at 604-466-0335.