They’ll be hard not to notice, if you haven’t spotted them already, the 3,800 activity-minded seniors rolling into town for this year’s B.C. Seniors Games.
They’ll be playing traditional sports like hockey, curling and slo-pitch, competing in other events like table tennis, horseshoes and archery, plus a few activities for the mind, like crib, whist and bridge.
The participants range in age from 55 to 94, come from 12 zones in B.C. and will compete in two dozen activities on water and land starting Wednesday through Saturday.
There’s not a hotel room to be had — most have been sold out for six to eight weeks, according to organizers.
Even commercial campgrounds are full, so the City has stepped in offering those in self-contained units such as motorhomes and trailers to stay overnight for a nominal fee at locations like the Tournament Capital Ranch, McArthur Island Park and Valleyview Arena.
The City is doing all it can to make the visitors feel welcome, even giving free transportation to Games participants and volunteers so they can easily travel from one venue to another, including special events like Thursday’s night at the B.C. Wildlife Park and Friday’s banquet and dance at Tournament Capital Centre.
The economic impact here is expected to be a whopping $3 million.
But it’s not just about the City and the volunteer-run Kamloops B.C. Seniors Games Society doing whatever possible to make this a great experience for participants. Nor is it about the huge financial injection these people will contribute to our city.
It’s also about locals getting in on the action. All the events are free to the public, including the opening ceremony on Wednesday evening and closing ceremony Saturday afternoon.
Information about where and when each event is going on is available online at www.2013kamloopsbcseniorsgames.org
In the downtown alone, viewers can watch dragon boat racing, tennis, lawn bowling, bridge, archery, darts and horseshoes.
And while cheering for our 480 local athletes (Zone 8 is wearing red), we must also thank the thousand-plus volunteers helping out. While lots on the ground are lending 12 hours of support, many others have been involved in planning the event for 14 months now.
We salute you!
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