Medals are nice however having enjoyable, lifelong health is most important purpose
The Cochrane space seniors taking part within the Canada 55 Plus Summer time Video games have been again just a few weeks, and now it is again to the drafting board to arrange extra occasions to advertise lifelong health.
Doug Campbell, space director and previous president for the Zone 2 Large Nation Seniors Sports activities Society, says they’re sitting down this week to fine-tune the following Alberta 55 Plus Summer time Video games. They’re additionally figuring out the place to carry their winter video games.
“This week, I am deciding the best way to proceed with the following spherical of video games,” says Campbell. “The summer season video games in 2023 have been awarded to Brooks, in order that’s not too distant for our individuals to go there. We’ll have within the vary of 16 summer season occasions.”
Zone 2 is extraordinarily giant. It stretches from Lake Louise and Sundre within the northwest to Olds and Three Hills within the north. The Saskatchewan border is to the east, and Excessive River and Longview are on its southern border. Calgary has a stand-alone zone.
Its dimension is being considered in the best way to arrange the winter video games.
“What we’re engaged on proper now could be discovering a venue for winter occasions. Relatively than all people going to at least one location, we’re interested by spreading the sports activities, so the provincial playoffs in curling, for instance, is likely to be in Cochrane, and pickleball and badminton is likely to be in Okotoks. We’re assessing services and figuring out what sort of capability they’ve, and, in fact, for all of those concepts, we’d like volunteers.”
Since 1980, Alberta 55 Plus Sports activities has been selling sports activities and recreation actions for older Albertans and by doing so, it focuses on the psychological and bodily wellness of older individuals.
It is particularly necessary popping out of the isolation prescribed by the pandemic.
“That is bodily interplay, it is bodily exercise, however it’s each bit as a lot a social and emotional reconnecting with individuals. All people that does play actually enjoys it, whether or not you get a medal or not is a aspect level. We simply need individuals extra lively and extra concerned, and having enjoyable.”
Fifty-four individuals, ages 55 to 88, from the Large Nation zone participated within the Canada 55 Plus Summer time Video games, hosted by Kamloops, B.C. from Aug. 22 to 27. A complete of 440 athletes forming Staff Alberta had been among the many 2,700 Canadians there from the northern territories, all the best way to Newfoundland & Labrador.
“All of us battled 30 to 36-degree warmth, however liked each minute of the competitors, the sights, and the socialization”, says Campbell.
Zone 2 despatched golfers, bowlers, garden bowlers, cyclists, swimmers, observe and subject, curling, and girls’s hockey groups. They returned with 65 medals.
There have been 28 Rocky View County seniors, together with athletes from Cochrane, Bearspaw, Airdrie, Chestermere, Springbank, and Bragg Creek.
Cochrane individuals included Daybreak Baker, Laurie-Ann Baker, Sharon Barnden, Douglas Campbell, Nancy Chudleigh, Lynda Cooke, Wendy Davis, Myrna Fink, Karl & Nancy Gibbie, Gary Hawkes, Laurie MacKenzie, Monique MacKenzie, Rick Makowichuk, and Herb Smith. Clint Docken from Bragg Creek and Lynda Gross and Bob Jennings, from Bearspaw, additionally participated.
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You can too electronic mail Campbell at [email protected].