Hosting the successful BC Games in 2010 caught the attention of Special Olympics which asked Langley to host its provincial games in 2013.
Representatives of the local organizing committee appeared before City council Dec. 3 to ask for its support for the games (about $10,000 and help at events) which will be July 11-14.
"That weekend, with their energy and enthusiasm will light up this community," said Arnie Olson, the games organizing committee chair.
The committee expects up to 1,300 athletes of various ages along with coaches, family, friends and others.
"These athletes are counting on us," said Olson
The Langley School District is providing accommodation in its facilities and transportation.
The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run will take place during the games.
The 2013 competitions will serve as springboards for athletes to qualify for the nationals in 2014 in Vancouver and the World Games in 2015 in Las Vegas.
"I've been really looking forward to competing in my fourth provincial games in my hometown," said Matthew Williams, a Walnut Grove Special Olympian. "All the Langley athletes are very excited and thrilled to have the games here."
Williams isn't just an athlete. He was chose as one of the Sargent Shriver International Global Messengers, 2010-2014. The Global Messengers are athletes with intellectual disabilities who will represent Special Olympics and their countries for four-year terms.
He also chairs the Global Athlete Congress, as a voice for all athletes at the decision-making level.
A games delegation recently spoke to the Langley School Board and Langley Township council as part of its work preparing for the event.
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