Athletes from Zone 8, and many of the athletes from Vancouver Island wave the the crowd during the Athletes Parade at the opening ceremonies at the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

Athletes from Zone 8, and many of the athletes from Vancouver Island wave the the crowd during the Athletes Parade at the opening ceremonies at the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

Hundreds of athletes and thousands of volunteers, coaches, parents and officials

While the 40th annual BC Summer Games officially begin on Friday morning in Vancouver Island’s Cowichan Valley, the opening ceremonies kicked off the four-day event Thursday evening at Laketown Ranch.

Local dancers, musicians, pipes and drums inspired, delighted and entertained not only the athletes, but the hundreds of parents, coaches, officials and volunteers in the crowd.

“Our volunteers have been hard at work for months planning all aspects of the opening ceremonies to create lifetime memories,” said Jennifer Woike, President Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games, in a news release.

“To make this a truly community event, the opening ceremony is free for everyone to attend – regardless of their involvement with the Games.”

Some of the local amateur performers included:

  • Judy Hogg Dancers
  • Steps Ahead Dance Academy Dancers
  • O’Brien Dancers
  • Carlson Dance Stomp Crew
  • Little Miss C’s (from Carlson School of Dance)
  • Carlos Rush (from Carlson School of Dance)
  • DDT Drumline
  • The Porter Brothers

Other performances included Shane Koyczan, one of the greatest spoken-word artists in Canadian history. Koyczan delivered a similar inspiring message to the young athletes as he did at the Opening Ceremony for the 2010 Winter Olympics: one of respect, acceptance and the passion to achieve greatness in sport.

Asani gave a unique twist on Canada’s national anthem, met with standing ovation and loud cheers for the Aboriginal women’s trio from Edmonton.

Check out some of the other sights from the Games’ opening ceremony:

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Indigenous dancers perform at the opening ceremonies at the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

Indigenous dancers perform at the opening ceremonies at the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

Dancers perform at the opening ceremonies at the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

Dancers perform at the opening ceremonies at the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

(Kevin Rothbaur/Cowichan Citizen)

(Kevin Rothbaur/Cowichan Citizen)

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

BC Games: Dance, spoken-word highlights at Opening Ceremony in Cowichan

Just Posted

An Island Health nurse prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo courtesy Island Health)
Health authority opening 19 clinics to immunize Vancouver Island residents

Health authority anticipates more than 40,000 people will be immunized over the next month

The Alberni Valley’s Emergency Operations Centre is located around the corner and below the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District office. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
ACRD, First Nations to partner on regional evacuation route

Union of BC Municipalities grants $82K for route development

Traffic on Cherry Creek Road is at a standstill as emergency vehicles deal with the aftermath of a collision on Saturday, March 6, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY TONY SHUMUK)
Air ambulance called for motor vehicle incident near Port Alberni

Helicopter lands on field near Cherry Creek Road

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have teamed up with the WCGH Foundation in the past to deliver stuffed animals to patients at the hospital. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs hope to score large donation for West Coast General Hospital

Challenge is part of a league-wide initiative to help give back to teams’ communities

A Port Alberni RCMP car blocks access to Anderson Avenue at Burde Street. (RCMP PHOTO)
Replica firearm prompts police incident in Port Alberni

RCMP had blocked off a neighbourhood while searching for ‘man with a gun’

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Const. Allan Young. Photo: Abbotsford Police Department
Manslaughter charge laid in Nelson death of Abbotsford police officer

Allan Young died after an incident in downtown Nelson last summer

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The Port Alice pulp mill has been dormant since 2015. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Parts recycled, life returning to inlet as as old Port Alice mill decommissioned

Bankruptcy company oversees de-risking the site, water treatment and environmental monitoring

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Most Read