REPORTING · 12th October 2010
The first presentation at Kitimat City Council on Monday, October 5th was Peter Weeber, who was up to make some presentations from the BC Winter Games which were held in Terrace back in March.
“It took about a year and a half to plan these games,” said Weeber. “The only way we could have done it was with the support of Kitimat. And not just the support of Kitimat but all the volunteers, the board members and the chairs. It was really a regional event. It was called the Terrace 2010 Winter Games. It really should have been called the Terrace - Kitimat 2010 Winter Games because Kitimat played a critical role in the games,” said Weeber.
There were 1901 volunteers involved in the games. It was a huge undertaking. Weeber expressed it was a 24 hour event. He focused on Kitimat’s contribution. He thanked the recreation department for their tremendous support. They organized the events to the point where Weeber had little to do. He expressed they had great reports from the athletes.
“We had an injury during the games. A very serious injury. Probably one of the most serious injuries in the games history where if things hadn’t gone exactly the way they did, we would have lost one of our athletes. Thanks to the Kitimat Fire Department and also our first aiders,” said Weeber.
He gave thanks to Dr. Lombard at the Kitimat General Hospital who performed surgery on the injured youth, stabilized him and postponed his travel plans until after the games in case something else happened. He had been scheduled to leave the day after the injury.
He thanked John Klie, the Kitimat Fire Chief for organizing the volunteers for transporting in Kitimat. He thanked Gwen Seeby from Eurocan and Eurocan employees who provided one of the company's final rolls of paper for covering the hockey ice in Terrace coming in on her holiday. He thanked Rio Tinto Alcan for providing the aluminum for the torch in front of City Hall and gifts for officials.
The guests were called upon to receive tokens on behalf of the BC Winter Games.