The 2014 Canada 55+ Games are here! Get ready to be inspired.

August 25, 2014

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From August 27 to 30, Strathcona County is hosting the 2014 Canada 55+ Games. The Canada 55+ Games is a nation-wide program which promotes spiritual, mental and physical well-being among Canadians 55 years of age and older. The first national Games were held in Regina in 1996.

“Strathcona County is proud to host the 2014 Canada 55+ Games. We are excited to welcome all participants and their family to our community and wish them the best of luck in their competitions,” says Mayor Roxanne Carr. 

Participants will compete in 24 different sports and activities ranging from hockey and swimming, to bocce and darts.

“The 2014 Games are set to be the largest Canada 55+ Games on record with over 2,000 competitors and 400 of their family members coming to Strathcona County from across Canada to participate,” says Games Chair, Margaret Marciak. “Including the Organizing Committee, we have over 600 volunteers working hard to help make these Games an amazing experience for all of our visitors.”

The public is encouraged to get involved in the action by cheering on the different provinces and territories as they compete for gold. Spectating is free for all sports and activities. The events take place in various venues across Sherwood Park and Ardrossan.

Five things you should know about the 2014 Canada 55+ Games:

  1. The oldest participant is Florence Storch, a 101 year old javelin thrower from Hanna, Alberta.
  2. This is the first year Women’s Hockey has been in the Games.
  3. Pickleball (a sport similar to tennis and ping pong) is also making its Canada 55+ Games debut this year. 
  4. In addition to spectating, the public is invited to enjoy a fireworks display (August 27 at 10 p.m. outside of the Kinsmen Leisure Centre), 55+ Health & Wellness Expo (August 28 from noon to 8 p.m. at Millennium Place) and Ardrossan Mini Art Market (August 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ardrossan Recreation Complex). 
  5. The Gallery@501 is hosting a Games themed art exhibit including artifacts from Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame, and digital images and posters courtesy of the International Olympic Committee and Barcelona Olimpica until September 6.

More information, including full competition schedules and results or call 780-467-2211.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Elizabeth Tadman-Kickham

Marketing Leader

2014 Canada 55+ Games