City to play key role in hosting 55-Plus Games

Armstrong will play a large supporting role in the 2017 B.C. 55-Plus Games

The City of Armstrong will play a large supporting role in the 2017 B.C. 55-Plus Games (formerly B.C. Seniors Games).

The event was awarded to Greater Vernon at the official opening of the Greater Vernon Athletics Park at Okanagan College.

“Armstrong will be a significant part of the Games for our (Interior Provincial Exhibition) fairgrounds and our buildings,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.

“We’ve got two years to get ready for them.”

The Games will run Sept. 12 to 16 and will feature approximately 4,000 athletes ages 55 to 100 competing in a wide range of sports.

“Everything from cribbage to full-blown track sports,” said Pieper.

Vernon hosted the first Seniors Games and 2017 will mark the 30th anniversary of the event.

It’s also the same year as Canada’s 150th birthday.

The dates, of course, do not conflict with Armstrong’s annual IPE, which will celebrate its 118th anniversary in 2017.

“The Games are two weeks after the fair,” said Pieper. “I was concerned how close to the fair the Games may have been.”

 

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