Victoria, BC – PISE (Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence) announced today the celebrations for the 20th Anniversary of the 1994 XV Commonwealth Games that will take place on August 23, 2014 at PISE. The event will acknowledge the organizers, athletes and the 14,000 volunteers who gave their time and commitment to make the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games a success, and provided Victoria with a legacy that continues to benefit the community.
The program will feature an afternoon of activities for the public to participate in, including physical literacy stations and adaptive sports. There will also be sporting events with the Victoria Highlanders F.C. and Rugby Canada. Memorabilia from 1994 will be on display, as well as information on the legacy projects that emerged from the Games.
“The 1994 XV Commonwealth Games transformed Victoria in so many positive ways,” says Robert Bettauer, PISE CEO. “We are honoured to host the 20th Anniversary of those great games to celebrate the wonderful impact it has had on our community and reinforce how ‘The Spirit Lives On’ in the legacies such as PISE.”
Volunteers from 1994 will be invited to take part in a commemorative photo; this will be followed by an official program recognizing the athletes, volunteers and organizers. The event will conclude with an official reunion reception.
“The Spirit Lives On in Victoria. I am excited to gather with the sport leaders, organizers, athletes and volunteers to celebrate the memories and legacies of the 1994 XV Commonwealth Games,” says Jim Reed, former Executive Vice-President of the XV Commonwealth Games. “The ’94 Games were a turning point for Victoria and for sport in the region and country and I am truly proud to have been a part of this special time in our history.”