Vernon bids for major sports event

The 55-Plus Games would attract up to 4,000 athletes and spectators in 2017


The City of Vernon wants to showcase the community during a major sports event.

City council decided Monday to proceed with a bid for the 2017 55-Plus B.C. Games, formerly known as the B.C. Seniors Games.

“The potential economic impact of the 55+ BC Games is significantly higher than hosting other BC Games because participants are responsible for their own accommodations, meals and transportation,” said Doug  Ross, recreation manager.

The multi-sport event could bring in up to 4,000 athletes, friends and family to the area with a projected economic impact of approximately $2.1 million.

As part of the bid process, the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee and the City of Armstrong will be asked to participate through resources and facilities.

Vernon hosted the first B.C. Seniors Games in 1988 but has been unable to do so since because of the lack of a certified running track.

A new track next to Okanagan College is expected to open in July.

While the city’s focus is hosting the 2017, Games bids will also be submitted for 2018 and 2019.

See more in Wednesday’s Morning Star.