RDN to give people a chance to try 55+ BC Games events

Regional district receives funding to host two free ‘Give it a Try’ events

Organizers of the annual 55+ BC Games are encouraging more people to take part in this annual sporting event.

This year, the games will be held in Kimberly and Cranbrook Sept 11-15. It often draws over 3,000 athletes from all over the province.

The BC Senior Games Society wants more people to experience the games and the Regional District of Nanaimo is helping out by offering potential participants a chance to “Give it a Try.”

The RDN, in partnership with Nanoose Place and the local chapter of the 55+ Seniors games, has been awarded a “Give it a Try” grant from the BC Recreation and Parks Association to help promote the 55+ games.

“We were given $1,500 to highlight the opportunities that the seniors in the community can have by participating in the 55+ BC Seniors Games,” said RDN’s Recreation and Parks programmer Jennifer Hopewell. “In kind of a lead up to the event in Kimberly-Cranbrook, we want to get people to start thinking about it now either for this year or next year and all the sporting activities that they can partake in.”

The senior games feature over 30 sporting events that include card games, board games like darts and more active games like hockey, tennis, cycling, table tennis, pickleball and many others.

RDN will be hosting free Give it a Try events to encourage senior residents to take up a new activity or take their current activities to the next level and participate in the upcoming games.

“They can check out the sports and try it either as a new activity that they haven’t done before,” said Hopewell. “We also found out that a lot of people in the community are playing these sports but haven’t thought about going to the games as an opportunity with those sports. We are just trying to make those connections.”

On May 28, the events that will be feature at Oceanside Place include hockey, table tennis, cycling, pickleball, whist, bridge and cribbage. Then on June 9, the events will be held at Nanoose Place and they include pickleball, badminton, carpet bowling, floor curling, whist, bridge and cribbage.

“We will have both representatives at both sites to answer questions about it and show what the options are,” said Hopewell. “We want them to come out and just try out the events that are available. They don’t have to register. It’s free. Just drop in.”

Eldan Davis, who is 83 years old, and his wife Shirley, have competed in floor curling at the BC seniors games twice in Penticton and Prince George. The Qualicum Beach residents said it’s not all about the competition that makes the whole experience memorable.

“Me and my wife enjoyed it very much,” said Davis. “The companionship, meeting all the people from al over the province was great. We always had a good time.”

This year Davis will not be competing as his back has been problematic lately. However, he will be there to support his wife Shirley, who will be competing for Zone 2 in floor curling.

“I can play a couple of games but you go to the games you might have to play five, six games and my back would not stand it right now,” said Davis. “I am hoping things will improve.”

Davis advice any seniors to give the 55+ BC Seniors Games a try.

“It’s good companionship and exercise,” said Davis. “It’s a good way of meeting people and I would highly recommend it.”

Those who are eligble for the 55+ BC Games are persons who are at least 55 years old by December 31, the year of the games.

They must be residents of British Columbia, have their principal residences in the zone for which they are competing and must be a member of the BC Seniors Games Society.

Just Posted

Three-for-one at Parksville studio for tour

Local artists participating in Central Island Studio Tour May 26-27

Annual pickleball tournament fills up quickly

Two-day event to take place indoors at Oceanside Place May 24-25

Lighthouse Country bus tour to focus on area’s tourism destinations

Business assocation wants more tourists to come to the area

Flock of spinners holding fleece and fibre fair in Coombs

Annual event raises money for Bradley Centre, supports local producers and vendors

BC Ferries CEO, president speaks to Parksville and Qualicum Beach chambers

Guest asks about Vancouver Island resident discount fares

VIDEO: Sharks’ jaws too sharp for Whalers

First junior B lacrosse team delights local fans with 13-3 win

Man dead after crashing vehicle into hydro pole and tree in Gibsons

Dog also hurt in collision, which happened Wednesday morning

Study recommends jurors receive more financial and psychological support

Federal justice committee calls for 11 policy changes to mitigate juror stress

Research needed on impact of microplastics on B.C. shellfish industry: study

SFU’s department of biological sciences recommends deeper look into shellfish ingesting microbeads

B.C. dad pens letter urging overhaul of youth health laws after son’s fatal overdose

The Infants Act currently states children under 19 years old may consent to medical treatment on own

Singh sides with B.C. in hornet’s nest of pipeline politics for the NDP

Singh had called for a more thorough environmental review process on the proposal

VIDEO: B.C. woman gets up-close view of Royal wedding

Kelly Samra won a trip back to her home country to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle say ‘I do’

Construction crane tips over at Nanaimo work site

Incident happened Wednesday morning at Turner Road and Uplands Drive

30 C in B.C., 30 cm of snow expected for eastern Canada

It might be hot in B.C., but the rest of Canada still dealing with cold

Most Read