The fresh snow was a welcome sight for the Winter Games staff and for marketing and community relations manager Alyson Gourley-Cramer.
“Truthfully our response was excitement. There isn’t any snow yet in Prince George. We are the Winter Games, we love snow. We were really excited to show up and for a winter wonderland to await us. It was a really warm welcome,” she said.
She credited the City of Fort St. John for playing a big part in pulling an event like this off successfully.
“It’s been a lot of preperation. We’re really grateful for all the help that the City of Fort St. John has given us. We’ve had phenomenal dedicated volunteers here in Fort St. John on the ground and we also brought some of our volunteers here from Prince George and staff to help roll out the torch relay.”
The Fort St. John Torch Relay was the first leg of the regional portion of the relay. The second will be in Terrace next month, followed by Quesnel in January.
In all 21 people helped carry the torch at various points from the start at Bert Ambrose, to the end at Centennial Park. One of those torchbearers was Clinton Green who was heavily involved in the creation of the Rotary Skate Park.
“It was a huge honour. It was a pretty proud moment in my life and it’s something that will never happen again. It was a little bit chilly and the wind was blowing at the torch but we got past that and it was good,” he said.
The Canada Winter Games will be held from February 13-March 1 in Prince George. Fort St. John remains the contingency plan for Games organizers should conditions not be suitable in Prince George for long track speed skating.