The city of Fort St. John has officially decided to put forth a bid to host the 2014 BC Winter Games.
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Council voted in favour of the bid at Monday night’s council meeting. If this bid is successful, it will be the second time the city has hosted the winter games. It will also be the thirtieth anniversary of the first time the city hosted the games back in 1984.
The move comes despite the city receiving only 5 letters of support for the bid after asking for letters from over 70 regional sport organizations in September.
However, Councillor Don Irwin, who seconded a motion to host the games, said he felt that the letters of support signaled more than enough interest.
If the city is successful in the bid, it will have to put forward a minimum of $45,000 cash and $50,000 in-kind services. However, Councillor Larry Evans, who was involved in the 1984 Winter Games, says the games should also bring financial benefit to the city.