I notice that full-colour ads promoting the B.C. Seniors Games are starting to appear in this newspaper. It is expected 3,500 participants, aged 55-plus, will make their way to Kamloops August 20 to 24.
They’ll be competing in a choice of 25 events and pumping an estimated $2 million into the local economy.
In 1988, Vernon hosted the first B.C. Seniors Games, which featured 650 participants in a much smaller list of events.
Now, the Games offer a mix of physically challenging sports (such as slo-pitch, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track and field) and games (such as bridge, cribbage, whist, and carpet, lawn and five-pin bowling).
I commend the Royal Canadian Legion for being a major sponsor of the Games for many years, and Black Press adding its support to the Games in recent years.
Several places have hosted the Games more than once.
After 25 years, it would be great if Vernon brought the Games back. Our local seniors, along with the rest of our community, would have the opportunity to welcome and compete with seniors from throughout the province.
Unfortunately, Vernon is unable to host the Games because of a requirement that we have a regulation-sized track and field facility.
Luckily, we have a tremendous opportunity to solve this road block.
On April 6, we can vote yes in a referendum to approve a new community sports field and athletics facility.
I’ll gladly pay my estimated $11.20 a year for this initiative.
The benefits to the community in encouraging more fitness and health to all ages are worth it.
I definitely back the track.