Srs pack Vernon for games

Vernon's Rec Centre was jammed with participants in the 2017 BC 55+ Games Tuesday evening, as older athletes from all over the province registered for their sport, including a gold medal Paralympian.

“I'm 83,” said one female athlete from Courtenay, who was signed up for badminton. It was her 26th year playing in the games.

To keep fit, the woman said she played badminton at least three times a week and then added she also biked, lifted weights and took aerobics.

One of the biggest lineups for registration was at the ice hockey table, where volunteers dealt with men and women set to play at three arenas in the area, including Vernon and Armstrong.

Games organizers had dozens of volunteers helping with registration and issuing bags and information.

“It's a zoo,” laughed Wee Yee, president of the Vernon games. “It seems that everybody is so excited they want to get their accreditation at the same time so it's good though, it's busy.”

Yee said people were in good spirits and he wanted them to be happier by the time they left Vernon.

Wheelchair curlers from Richmond said they were there to win. Darryl Neighbour, gold medalist at the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver, is playing with a Lower Mainland team.

“We'll give it our best but we're playing against the young guys,” joked Neighbour, of this week's games. “It's gonna be tough.”  

The Vernon area is hosting over 3,600 registered participants, officials and supporting family and friends.

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