B.C. Seniors Games president Charlie Bruce and his team of volunteer managers showed up at City council chambers Tuesday armed with written letters and some off-the-cuff numbers.
The Games attracted almost 3,800 participants — more than the 2,500 who turned out at the Olympics in Turin, Italy.
The Kamloops event had 1,300 volunteers who helped out with 25 events during one week of competition. And $3 million was pumped into the city’s economy.
Bruce happily read out some of the comments in the letters he has received since the Games wrapped up.
Several commended the city for its volunteers and mentioned how well organized the Games were.
“We had comments about these weird trees downtown, about the venues, about how well manicured the venues were. We had feedback about the international level of some of the venue sites,” he said.
Bruce thanked the City for its support and staff for their vision in putting the bid together.
Mayor Peter Milobar returned the thanks, noting Bruce took a couple of days to respond to his request to run the event.
“I sat fingers crossed for a couple of days because Charlie wanted to consider it for a couple days. I slept much easier after you said yes,” he said.