The NWT Seniors Games are coming to Fort Smith June 17, 18 and 19 and that means everyone 55 and older will have the chance to compete and have a great time with this year’s agenda of sports and activities.
Modeled on the Friendship Games that take place every two years in cities across Canada, Seniors’ Games aims to improve the well-being of seniors on all levels – mentally, spiritually and physically. That includes getting people socializing and being active.
Seniors from as far away as Hay River and Yellowknife have participated in the past. It’s a fun weekend says event organizer Leon Peterson.
“People come in and bring their musical instruments,” Peterson said. “There’ll be lots of playing and singing in the evenings.”
Seniors of all abilities have a chance to participate in events such as swimming, golf, horseshoes and track and field which features a running competition and a hike that will also involve a scavenger hunt. There will even be a cribbage event for senior card sharks.
Organizers expect thirty or more Games participants. The registration fee is $50 – plus extra for green fees for the golf competition.
A hospitality room will be set up in the Seniors’ Room at the Recreation Centre where people can relax and enjoy snacks and refreshments.
Peterson, who won a silver medal at the Canadian 2008 games in Dieppe, New Brunswick, felt the event was something that was needed in the north.
“Three years ago we thought, why not hold them here, so people in the adjoining communities could drive here and cut costs and have a good time,” he said.
The games will get underway Friday morning, June 17, with registration and a free lunch for participants. Guests are welcome for a small charge.
After lunch, opening ceremonies take place and then the games will begin. Saturday night festivities feature a dinner. The highlight of the weekend will be the medal presentations in the curling rink on Sunday afternoon.