55+GAMES - In The News
Press Release: June 24, 2015:
The City of Brandon has been officially named host community for the 2016 Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries 55 Plus Games!
June 14-16, 2016, over 1000 athletes from all across this province will gather in Brandon to participate in the largest multi-sport event in Manitoba. The annual 55 Plus Games will run for the 34th year offering age-friendly competition in over 25 events ranging from Cribbage and Scrabble to Swimming and Slo-Pitch . The games are open to anyone 55 years of age or older and will often see participants who are well into their 90’s.
Two local service clubs have joined forces to deliver the games. The Rotary Club of Brandon and the United Commercial Travellers James B. Chrisp Council #448 worked collaboratively on a successful bid for the 2016 Games and will continue to partner in forming the host committee. Bernie Chrisp, Host Committee Chair says “It’s a wonderful honor to be selected as the host city and we know the entire community will look forward to welcoming athletes and visitors to Westman.”
The Active Living Coalition for Older Adults in Manitoba (ALCOA-MB) coordinates these games as a celebration of healthy living and proof that Manitobans of all ages can lead active, engaged and healthy lives. The games emphasize recreational activities combined with social and cultural experiences. ALCOA’s Executive Director, Jim Evanchuk states “ The 2016 Manitoba 55 Plus Games represent a partnership between ALCOA-MB , the provincial 55 Plus Games Committee and the Brandon Host Committee. We were very impressed with the bid from the Brandon Host Committee and we are confident that the fine people in Brandon will set the stage for a memorable experience in June 2016. No matter what your age or interest, the 55 Plus Games have something for you!”
Brandon First, the destination marketing organization for Brandon and area is also proudly supporting the local host committee for the 2016 games. Executive Director, Jackie Nichol says “These games will provide an excellent opportunity for Brandon to strengthen its local economy as it showcases our city and its sport and recreation facilities to visitors and participants.”
ALCOA-MB has a comprehensive 55 Plus Games Website (www.alcoamb.org) that will have further information posted as we move closer to the 2016 event for anyone who is looking to get involved.
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