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Archive for March, 2010

Are You Feeling That Olympic Itch?

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Did you know that from September 16th to 19th in Richmond, British Columbia, seniors had their very own Olympic Games? And it wasn’t their first!

The BC Seniors Games is a collaborative community effort put on by Richmond’s seniors, associations, businesses and multicultural communities. The Games were initiated in an effort to promote health, wellness and physical activity among seniors in BC - a number that grows by 8% per year! By 2015, the number of seniors in British Columbia is expected to surpass the number of children.

In the September 2009 event, 3800 senior athletes competed and over 1300 volunteers made the Games possible. There were 29 sports included in the Seniors Games including cribbage, darts, square dancing, softball, table tennis, badminton, horseshoes, curling, soccer, ice hockey, archery, track and field and cricket.

Richmond, BC represents the healthiest city in all of Canada and has an average life expectancy of 83 years. The BC Seniors Olympic Games only further contribute to the overall activity, health and wellness of the province’s many seniors.

Participants in the Games must be at least 50 years of age, and must be part of teams that represent 13 areas of the province. On September 16th, 2009, they all came together at the Minoru Sports Pavillion, which was the central facility for many of the sports.

To promote the Games 100 days before they began, The Rotary Club of Steveson, located in Richmond BC, sponsored a torch relay which began at the Richmond Olympic Oval on June 7th, 2009 at 9:00am. Hitting 8 community centres along the way, the senior torchbearers ended the run at 3:00pm at the Minoru Sports Pavillion.

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