Drumheller to host fall Alberta 55+ Games
Drumheller has won the bid to host the fall Alberta 55+ Games and the town will see hundreds of competitors visit to compete and socialize over a number of sports at the end of September.
A change in the Alberta Games format has made the opportunity available to smaller centres such as Drumheller to host the games, which are scheduled from September 29 to October 2.
Games organizer Linda Traquair said hosting the event provides a number of benefits to the town, which will see 400 to 500 participants and around 100 volunteers attend the games, including hotel stays, camping, eating, and shopping. Although planning is in preliminary stages, the Badlands Community Facility will likely host some events, along with the Pioneer Trail Seniors Centre.
Along with the economic benefit to the town, local and regional athletes will also have a chance to train and compete and in doing so the event promotes activity that is beneficial for the aging population.
But Traquair, who has been involved in two past Alberta 55+ Games, sees another benefit that is perhaps more meaningful for competitors.
“If you can keep your physical health there are many mental benefits to staying active. But what strikes me most is how important the social connection is. People who return year after year who see others they’ve competed with,” she said.
Zone qualifiers are already underway for the sports of carpet bowling, euchre, military whist, floor shuffleboard, bocce, snooker, pickleball, bridge, as well as painting and creative writing.
The Zone 2 Qualifying matches for snooker were hosted at the Pioneer Trail centre on Saturday, June 4.