Seniors’ Games in August

  • Apr. 25, 2011 9:00 a.m.

Submitted article–BC Senior Games are being held August 16-20, in the West Kootenay towns of Castlegar, Nelson and Trail. Last year’s experiment of hosting by Comox and Campbell River worked, so this year the games will be divided among the three communities. There are games for everyone; 26 sports, most divided into age categories and some into skill levels. Examples are: archery; badminton; carpet bowling; darts; cycling; golf; one act plays; pickleball; whist; table tennis, all games are listed on the website. www.bcseniorsgames.orgWe on the islands are officially known as Zone 13 Isolated. But fortunately we are grouped with Zone 10 (Terrace to Rupert) and they are a great help to us, and terrific people to participate with. Isolated means you don’t have to travel off Island to qualify for your event team.This year the games have changed from September to August, so we lost a couple of last’s years players but so far we gained a couple of new ones. Anybody interested in going to the games please let me know by April 23 if you want to go. Deadlines are advanced due to the date changes. Call Fran 559-4691There’s some assistance with travel as well as accommodation. You need to be a BC Senior Games member, ($15) and there is a Games registration fee of $50. Some sports have additional costs (golf/reduced green fees). There’ll be several thousand excited seniors and volunteers participating and you get to see either a new or perhaps a familiar part of our province. It really is fun, just ask Mavis Mark and Marjan Kline, last year’s Cribbage competitors.By the way, you only have to be 55 years old or older.