Free games wel­come

Mon­tague balks at pay­ing for se­nior games

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - BY STEVE SHARRATT THE GUARDIAN

The games will go on, but not at the ex­pense of east­ern P.E.I.’s largest town.

Town coun­cil here agreed re­cently to again host the P.E.I. 55+ Games this sum­mer, but with one pro­viso.

“This time with­out it cost­ing us any money,’’ in­sisted Coun. Jim Bag­nall, who said the town got led down the gar­den path.

Last year, the town pro­vided a “float” of $1,500 as a way to as­sist the sport­ing event with the in­ten­tion that it would be re­paid.

“When it was all over the prof­its made were $2,000 and in­stead of re­pay­ing the town, that money went to Char­lot­te­town,’’ in­sisted Bag­nall. “I’m glad to vol­un­teer again and to host it here, but this can’t be re­peated.”

The games are a not for profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to the pro­mo­tion of ac­tive life­styles by se­niors and more than 400 peo­ple took part in the 2015 event.

The town al­lowed the use of its var­i­ous fa­cil­i­ties and held the clos­ing ban­quet at the curl­ing club.

“There was strong in­di­ca­tion from the host com­mit­tee that they would be will­ing to as­sist again since vol­un­teers feel more com­fort­able with what to do,’’ said the games com­mit­tee in a let­ter. “And we have a small bud­get to as­sist with ad­min­is­tra­tive sup­port.”

Bag­nall in­sisted the town get a com­mit­ment that it would not have to fi­nance any ac­tiv­i­ties be­fore agree­ing to host.

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