Seniors boost Kamloops' economy
Aug 24, 2013 / 9:49 am
Kamloops' economy is getting a shot in the arm this week as nearly four thousand B.C. seniors with their families and supporters arrived for the BC Seniors Games.
Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Coralee Oakes lit the torch Tuesday in Kamloops, officially opening the Games. The government of British Columbia is contributing $175,000 for the sport and cultural event - an investment that typically results in over $2 million in economic impact for the host community.
The BC Seniors Games celebrates active and healthy seniors in British Columbia. Participants range in age from 55 to more than 90 and take part in 24 events.
One of the key goals of the Games is to provide a platform for competition, demonstrating the abilities of seniors in the process.
"The BC Seniors Games are a joyous and inspiring celebration of good health throughout life," said Oakes in her address. "The participants in these Games show all British Columbians that fitness and active, healthy lifestyles can be maintained at any age. I congratulate all the participants, coaches and volunteers involved in these Games-they are great role models for us all."
"Our Games have a large and dedicated following," said June Parsons, BC Seniors Games Society president. "Just to give you an idea, this year marks the 26th anniversary for the BC Seniors Games, and some of our participants have been competing every year since the beginning! The Games are about participation and showcasing active living, and we're proud that the BC Seniors Games continue to be extraordinarily successful. It's a testament to the healthy, active senior population we have here in B.C."
This year, the BC Seniors Games have approximately 3700 registered competitors. The Games will rely on the help of approximately 1200 volunteers, leaving a legacy of trained volunteers and community pride.
An impact study of the 2009 BC Seniors Games in Richmond found that the event contributed $3 million to the provincial economy, $2.1 million of which was generated in the host community.
Events range from established multi-sport events such as track and field, cycling and swimming to less traditional events such as horseshoes, darts and cribbage.
The BC Seniors Games were established in 1987. Learn more about BC Seniors Games Society here: here
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