B.C. Summer Games operations manager Diana Klingner will be working out of an office in Newton

B.C. Summer Games operations manager Diana Klingner will be working out of an office in Newton

BC Games office to open

Thousands to compete in multi-sport event set for Surrey in July

Sometime next week, volunteers with the 2012 B.C. Summer Games will have a “home.”

That’s what Diana Klingner, operations manager for the July 19-22, 2012 sporting event, calls the B.C. Summer Games office in Newton.

Aiming for a Monday (Feb. 6) opening, the office will be where Klingner and the chairs of the 16 committees will coordinate preparation and planning for a four-day event that will be staffed by close to 4,000 volunteers and feature almost 3,000 athletes competing in more than 20 sports, such as soccer, swimming, rowing, wrestling, softball and more.

Klingner says she was appointed operations manager “almost by fluke” back in November.

After having organized the International Congress of the Transplantation Society at the Vancouver Convention Centre last August, she answered a posting and within weeks was appointed to her current position.

“I love doing things like this,” she said, listing ski shows and medical conferences among the events she has overseen.

“Every single event is different, and you meet so many different types of people. This is different because it’s sports. It’s more volunteer than professional.”

Volunteers have been named to oversee 16 directorates, each of which will oversee a specific role in the B.C. Summer Games operations, in areas such as accommodation, administration, transportation, promotion, food services, medical, security, registration and results.

The BC Summer Games takes place July 19-22 at venues in Surrey, Abbotsford and Langley.

More than 3,8000 young athletes will compete in 21 sports, such as soccer, swimming, rowing, wrestling, softball and more.

For more information, visit bcgames.org

Surrey North Delta Leader