Victoria Camera Club volunteered to be the official photographer of the 2022 55+ BC Games.
The 55+ BC Games is an annual province-wide event that was held in Greater Victoria this year, September 15-17. It was a massive undertaking with 2,500 athletes competing in 22 sports at 21 venues all over Greater Victoria. The games were bookended with Opening Ceremonies at the Save on Foods Memorial Centre and a Friday night party at the Roundhouse. 900 volunteers, 41 of whom were members of the Victoria Camera Club, staffed the events.
VCC’s 41 volunteers covered 103 events over 4 days and uploaded over 1,500 photos to the Games Flickr site (www.flickr.com/photos/bcsg/albums). Many of our members covered several events over the four days, often for several hours at a time. The Games Board was overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of the photos our members produced and every one of our 41 volunteers deserves recognition – you were amazing!!
The games assignment was not all work—our members had a blast. The athletes were a fun-loving bunch, and we were part of that. Many members found themselves pushed out of their photographic comfort zones, and then pleasantly surprised at how well they were able to adapt and produce brilliant images. For many, it was a good refresher on dealing with shutter speeds, depth-of-field, and changing lighting.
VCC can be very proud of our contribution to this major community event. Successfully photographing such a complex happening would be a nearly impossible task without an organization such as ours stepping up to the plate and taking over. Well done!