Mayor Rob Sawatzky (left) receives a B.C. Seniors Games banner from athletes Mira Grypink and Jim Cade.

Mayor Rob Sawatzky (left) receives a B.C. Seniors Games banner from athletes Mira Grypink and Jim Cade.

Vernon recognized for role in first Seniors Games

B.C. Seniors Games celebrate silver anniversary, city urged to bid to host event again

A provincewide program that keeps seniors active is celebrating its silver anniversary.

It’s 25 years since the B.C. Seniors Games were launched.

“The very first Games were held here in 1988,” said Jim Cade, a B.C. Seniors Games director, during a presentation to Vernon city council Monday.

As part of the anniversary festivities, all previous host communities are being presented with a four-foot-by-six-foot banner.

The B.C. Seniors Games are for anyone 55 and older, and there are up to 30 different events that can occur.

“The whole idea is to keep people active,” said Cade.

“People don’t have to be athletic. There are things like card games.”

Kamloops will host the Seniors Games next year and Langley will take on the duties in 2014.

Cade is encouraging Vernon to pursue a bid for future years.

“Vernon has always been well represented in the Games,” he said.

“You get a lot of people into the community and it’s a very good thing.”

However, a lack of facilities could possibly present a challenge for Vernon.

“We need a place with a good, 400-metre (running) track,” said Cade.