The 2013 edition of the annual B.C. Senior Games saw close to 3,800 athletes and participants arriving in Kamloops to take part in the 25 events that were being offered.
These “senior” athletes ranged from 55 to 94 years young and came prepared to compete, have fun and renew friendships from previous Games.
Each participant had their own personal journey planned as to what they expected to accomplish during their time in Kamloops — personal bests in their events, undertaking a new event, reconnecting with old friends and making new friends were all part of the experience.
In preparation for the Games, the City grounds crews ensured that the venues were in first-class condition with fields being meticulously groomed.
The Tournament Capital Centre was creatively decorated and turned into a banquet hall that held close to 4,000 people for the banquet and dance. Sun Rivers and Rivershore Golf Courses hosted golf participants and provided greens and fairways that were immaculately manicured.
While the venues and facilities were outstanding in their offerings, it was the volunteers who brought them to life. Close to 1,300 volunteers signed on over the course of the five days to offer support and encouragement to the participants.
Their commitment to the task went “above and beyond” typical volunteer assignments. Stories of volunteers working until after midnight to correct a computer problem, others arriving at golf courses at 4 a.m. to ensure the carts were ready and organized and still other volunteers dealing with wasps at the slo-pitch facility.
Moving archery targets, hauling and putting up signs, padding the ice rinks for safety, sending “get well” cards; the stories continued beyond the Games with numerous messages of “thanks” from throughout the province.
When asked, “What were the highlights of the Games for you?” one athlete commented that it was the “volunteers, above and beyond!”
Kamloops truly went “above and beyond” in hosting what many participants are calling the “best ever” senior Games.
I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank each and every person who contributed in any way whatsoever.
You have once again shown that Kamloops knows how to put on a multi-sporting event that is second to none.
Also, the pictures, results and human-interest stories produced by The Daily News helped convey a strong message of the passion, enthusiasm and fun that was experienced.
I thank the paper for the great job in coverage and support in helping to make the 2013 Kamloops B.C. Senior Games the “best
President, 2013 Kamloops B.C. Senior Games