Games wrap up today

The 2019 Special Olympics BC Winter Games wrap up today.

The games kicked off Thursday evening with the opening ceremonies at Kal Tire Place.

All day Friday competitions were held at various venues around the North Okanagan including Sovereign Lake, SilverStar Mountain, Priest Valley Arena, Kal Tire Place North, the curling club and Lincoln Lanes.

Glenn Benischek, games chairperson of the organizing committee, said the finals take place today and will determine the bronze, silver and gold winners.

The winners today will head to the national Special Olympics next year for a shot at going to the world event in Sweden in 2021.

“They all want to compete and win medals, it's exciting. It's very inspirational to watch these athletes who are wanting a purpose in life and this gives them a sole purpose of winning a medal, competing against other athletes,” said Benischek.

“They are so excited to participate and it can be one of the highlights of their whole life.”

The public is invited to come out and cheer for the athletes at the various venues around the North Okanagan.

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