À propos des Jeux
The Canada 55+ Games is a nation-wide program to sponsor wellness – that is, the spiritual, mental and physical well being – among Canadians 55 years of age and older. Provincial programs are staged annually in different provinces and territories. The first national Games were held in Regina in 1996. The Games should not be categorized as sporting events, as they span a wide range of physical and mental challenges, from Slow-pitch Softball to Contract Bridge, from Darts to Lawn Bowling, and from Snooker to Track and Field . These events bring together amateur competitors who participate for the sheer joy of competition, for the opportunity to visit other parts of Canada, and for the camaraderie and social interaction that are an integral and essential part of the Games.
The Games bring together groups, representing their respective provinces or territories. These groups earn the right as a result of competition against thousands of other seniors in their home province or territory.
The Canada 55+ Games Association (C55+GA) is the overseeing body for the Canada 55+ Games. The Games are open to adults 55 and above as of December 31 of the year in which the Games are held. The Games are a combination of friendly competition, socialization and just plain fun. Each province/territory determines a play-off process to determine participants qualified to represent the province at the Games in 24 different competitions.
Canada 55+ Games History
The Canada Senior Games are growing rapidly. Many participants stay a minimum of one week in the host community to take in tourism opportunities and treat their stay as a vacation.
1996 Regina, Saskatchewan Games attracted about 350 participants.
1998 750 attended the Games in Medicine Hat. Alberta.
2002 Summerside, PEI attracted about 600.
2004 Whitehorse, Yukon attracted almost 1,300 participants and guests.
2006 Portage la Prairie, MB attracted 1,400 athletes and non-participants.
2008 Dieppe, NB attracted over 1,600 participants and guests.
Brockville and the Games - August 23rd to 28th, 2010
In 2008, the City of Brockville was chosen through a competition as the official host municipality for the Games that are held on even years during the last week of August. The City of Brockville was awarded the Games during the closing ceremonies in Dieppe, NB, the host for the 2008 Games.
The Games are projected to attract nearly 2,000 participants. The Games hold an estimated economic impact of nearly $3.5 million for the region, a powerful economic generator through sport tourism.
19 core activities including golf, cribbage, curling, 5-pin bowling, contract bridge, swimming, track and field, hockey, duplicate bridge, scrabble, slo-pitch, tennis, darts, horseshoes, 8-ball, table tennis, lawn bowling, badminton and floor shuffleboard.
Another 4 events are one-day OPEN Canadian Championships in: 5km and 10km Road Race, canoeing, and kayaking.