Let the games begin: the 55+ BC Games are here!
Some 4,000 athletes and supporters from around the province will compete in Kelowna this week for the Kelowna 55+ BC Games. The games begin Tuesday, Sept. 10 and wrap up on Saturday, Sept. 14.
“We’re excited that everything is coming together for an excellent games experience,” said David Graham, president of the Kelowna 55+ BC Games Society. “We hope that Kelowna residents will come out and show their support to the local and visiting participants, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.”
The 55+ BC Games (formerly the BC Seniors Games) is an annual, multi-sport event hosted by a different BC community each year. This year’s games include the support of more than 1,300 community volunteers.
“We’d like to officially welcome all the visiting athletes and their families and supporters to our city this week,” said Mayor Colin Basran. “This event could not take place without the tremendous time and energy put in by our local volunteers and we are grateful for this opportunity to showcase Kelowna’s commitment to healthy living and community sport.”
With over 30 activities being held, the Kelowna 55+ BC Games take place at various recreation facilities, including sports fields, stadiums, arenas and courts. Spectators are encouraged to come to any of the venues to check out the action and cheer on the participants. Public drop-in access to the facilities will be limited, only available outside games hours, and the Apple Bowl will be closed for the duration of the games.
Knox Mountain Drive will be closed to vehicles and foot traffic on Friday, Sept. 13 until 11:30 a.m. to accommodate the Cycling Hill Climb event.
On Sept. 13, Cawston Avenue from Water Street to Cannery Lane will be closed from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. to accommodate a street party. The Arts Common at Rotary Centre for the Arts will also be closed and available to games participants only.
Residents can reduce traffic and parking congestion by choosing various modes of active transportation, such as biking, walking and carpooling. Visit smartTRIPS.ca to learn more about how the City supports and promotes active transportation through events, programs and education.
For the most up-to-date road work, road closures and potential delays, visit kelowna.ca/roadreport.
For more information about the Kelowna 55+ BC Games, please visit 55plusbcgames.org.