Drumheller to host fall Al­berta 55+ Games

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

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.

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