Burns Lakers heading for senior games

The BC Seniors Games is an annual, multi-sport event hosted by a different BC Community each year.

The BC Seniors Games is an annual, multi-sport event hosted by a different BC Community each year. They are one of the largest Games organized within BC with approximately 3,500 participants, aged 55 plus from all over the province.

The B.C. Seniors Games is a great opportunity, says zone director Arnold Amonson. “Getting to know the people is good, the competition is good and you see people from all over the province.”

The 2012 BC Seniors Games will be hosted by Burnaby from Aug. 21 to 25, 2012.  This year’s event will host 3,685 people and marks the 25 anniversary of the games, which are open to anyone 55 and older.

The games include sports such as curling, bowling, bridge, golf, soccer, cribbage and track and field.

Some events like track and field are also split into age groups, so different age ranges compete against others in their same range.

To be involved people need the $15 membership.

To compete in the games costs another $50, which includes five events and the banquet.

Participants cover their own travel costs, but zone grants often give financial help.

The goal of the games is for seniors to be involved in social, physical and mental activities so that they can stay active and be healthier in their older age.

Participants from Burns Lake are John & Sandra Barth, Dan Shaeffer, Pete and Marie Hiebert, Doris and Paul Jean and Aiden Carroll.