Participating in the BC Senior Games was one of the highlights of their summer say several Little Fort residents.
The Games were held in the West Kootenays, from Aug. 16 to 20. By all accounts, it was an exciting, and enjoyable event even for those who did not place in the competitions.
The BC Senior Games are an annual, multi-sport event that was hosted this year by three West Kootenay cities, Castlegar, Nelson and Trail to accommodate the more than 3,000 participants.
Little Fort resident Linda Verhoeven reports there were five competitors who attended from Little Fort; all carpet bowlers, and Sharon March and Hector Denton eventually won the Bronze Medal for the pairs in carpet bowling for Zone 8.
There were 10 carpet bowling games played, one hour each over two days. When all the points were tallied, the final count showed that Little Fort had tied for third place and won by points for and against totals.
Verhoeven says the Games were not just about sport and competition; there was time for the Little Fort competitors to socialize, do some sight seeing and attend a marvelous evening entertainment that featured music and performances reminiscent of days gone by. It included a tribute to the ‘Andrews Sisters’, an Elvis impersonator, and Grease Lightening, a Rock and Roll dance as well as a huge banquet offering delicious food.
Barb Denton commented, “I was amazed to see that we have so many active and healthy seniors in B.C. who demonstrated that many 55 and older citizens are still full of enthusiasm and energy. The entire 2011 event demonstrated validity of the Games motto ‘Three Cities – One Goal’.”
The host cities worked in unity for the purpose of delivering a positive games experience for active and healthy B.C. Seniors, and to showcase that age is not a deterrent to living an active healthy lifestyle in the community.
Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Ida Chong opened the games with an address stating in part, “Seniors play a key role in helping B.C. families and communities stay connected. The Seniors Games offer a great way to recognize active, healthy seniors for their invaluable contributions to the quality of life in British Columbia.”
The BC Senior Games will be held in the Lower Mainland in 2012.