The fieldhouse, the centrepiece of the Tournament Capital Centre, has been serving as little more than an auditorium at this week's B.C. Seniors Games.
The Seniors Games are scheduled to wrap up today with the closing ceremonies in the TCC's fieldhouse. The ceremonies will bring an end to four days of competition among B.C.'s best 55-plus athletes and card sharps.
The competition, featuring 24 events, has used pretty much all of Kamloops' fine facilities, like the Tournament Capital Ranch in Rayleigh (slo-pitch), McArthur Island (soccer, hockey and ice curling), and even Riverside Park (lawn bowling, dragon boat racing). And the TCC has been home to the athletics competition at Hillside Stadium, and the swimming competition at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre.
But the fieldhouse, with the capacity for three full basketball/volleyball courts and an indoor track, has been used only for ceremonies. It was home to the opening ceremony on Wednesday, and a dinner/dance last night.
This shows the wealth of excellent facilities in the area - events like badminton (TRU Gym), table tennis (NorKam secondary), pickleball (South Kamloops secondary) or carpet bowling (Sa-Hali secondary) could probably have been held in the fieldhouse, but were spread around town.
The closing ceremonies are scheduled for 3:30 p.m., at the TCC, and will be followed by a volunteer appreciation event at 5:30 p.m.
There are still 16 events to be settled, with carpet bowling, cribbage, dragon boat, floor curling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball and whist having wrapped up Friday.
The action will run until around 3 p.m.
A group of seniors from The Hamlets at Westsyde visited Circle Creek Ranch this week to watch the Seniors Games equestrian competition.
The visiting seniors also enjoyed a picnic lunch while on their excursion.
Valery Gaspard of Kamloops won a gold medal in archery on Friday, picking up 386 points to capture gold in the 65-69 division.
It has been a good summer for Gaspard, who also picked up a gold medal at the Canadian 3D championships in Woodstock, N.B., earlier this month. Gaspard won the Master 60 division by nine points over Denise Gauthier of Quebec.
The finals are set for the hockey competition, and the Kamloops Old Dogs are looking for gold.
The Old Dogs are 3-0 in the 70-plus division. They are to play the Nanaimo Old Buoys in the final today at 10 a.m.
In the 55-plus division, the Zone 9 Masters will take on the Kootenay Glacier Kings at 8:15 a.m., while the Victoria Bear Mountain Grizzlies and the Surrey Schooners will battle in the 60-plus final at 11:45 a.m.
The Bear Mountain Bruins will meet the Mariners in the 65-plus final at 1:30 p.m. All games will be played at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.
Christa Bortignon's assault on the B.C. Seniors Games track and field record book continued Friday.
Bortignon, a 76-year-old from Vancouver, set two Games records on Wednesday and another on Thursday.
She followed up by setting a Games - and Canadian - record in the women's 75-79 200 metres yesterday. Bortignon sprinted the 200m in 34.10 seconds, more than half a second faster than the old record, which she had held since October.
She'll aim for more records today, when she competes in the long jump and javelin. She already holds the Canadian record in the long jump, an impressive 3.50m.
Keith Taylor set a Games record in the high jump on Friday. The 80-year-old Prince George man cleared 1.15m.
For a complete schedule and results, please visit 2013kamloopsbcseniorsgames.org.