In rural outposts here in the Kootenay, large scale events like the BC Seniors Games arrive so rarely in our backyard. When they do it’s vital for us to embrace the opportunity and not miss the chance to get involved.
On Page 14 of today’s paper you will find a story on Marion Hunter. The retired educator is the volunteer coordinator of this August’s Games. In the story she makes it clear plenty more hands are needed to make this event a success.
So what are you waiting for?
The spirit of the BC Seniors Games goes well beyond sport. It’s about competition and participants will be doing their best to return home with medals. Yet, talk to anybody who has been to previous Games and the thrill of simply taking part is what fuels the action. It’s sport at its purest.
Another interesting aspect of these Games is that it’s not only about traditional sport. Of course there will be the events we associate with large scale sporting competitions: swimming, golf, tennis, hockey and cycling. But there are also “sports” you won’t find at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London: one-act plays, whist and cribbage. Then there are the sports you may not have ever seen: pickleball, floor curling and carpet bowling.
For locals there will be plenty to see starting August 16. You can root on the home team or satisfy a curiosity by checking out some of the action. Sports fan or not, we all need to ensure the red carpet is rolled out for visiting athletes, judges and support teams.
The best way to be part of the scene is to volunteer. Put in some time to help make the Games the best ever. Meet some new people, put your specific skill set to the test and make a difference.
These opportunities arrive infrequently and this one may never return to the area. Don’t miss your chance to get involved.