Adrian Meeuwissen practicing javelin throwing on Aug. 8 in preparation for upcoming BC Seniors Games.

Houston seniors get set to launch at BC Seniors Games

While most Canadians are still basking in the Olympic glory on T.V., B.C. seniors are getting set for a sports tournament all their own.

While most Canadians are still basking in the Olympic glory on T.V., B.C. seniors are getting set for a sports tournament all their own.

The B.C. Seniors Games is a great opportunity, says zone director Arnold Amonson.

“Getting to know the people is good, the competition is good and you see people from all over the province.”

Held in Burnaby from Aug. 21 to Aug. 25, this year’s event will host 3,685 people and marks the 25th anniversary of the Games, which are open to anyone 55 and older.

Houston is part of the Bulkley Valley-Lakes District zone, one of 12 separately organized provincial zones.

Just one Houston couple, Adrian and Jo Meeuwissen, will go to the games this year.

There have been more in the past, says Adrian, but due to health and age many can no longer participate.

More Houston people are always welcome, he added, especially aged 55 to 65.

The games include sports such as curling, bowling, bridge, golf, soccer, cribbage and track and field.

Some events like track and field, says Adrian, are also split into age groups, so different age ranges compete against others in their same range.

This year Adrian will compete in the 80+ group in 10 track and field events including 400 m, long jump, discus, javelin, hammer throw, and shot put.

And the competition is nothing to scoff at, he said.

“Oh yeah, we have competition,” he said. “Oh yeah, it’s fierce! We are the best of friends, have a lot of fun, but boy when that gun sounds there is nothing given.”

But there is also the 2,000 m walk for those with physical limitations and disabilities.

Jo Meeuwissen will compete in that event because can no longer do curling and carpet bowling, she said.

This way she can still join the games, which are about more than just the sports.

Everyone gets to know each other over the years of competition, says Adrian, and they build friendships.

There are social activities during the evenings, he said, such as music, dances, and a big banquet.

Adrian recalls one year when there was a band of “fantastic Elvis Presley imitators.”

They started to play on the track and “in no time flat there was five or sin hundred people dancing on the track.”

In order to be involved, said Adrian, people need the $15 membership.

To compete in the games costs another $50, which includes five events and the banquet.

Participants must cover their own travel costs, but zone grants often give financial help.

The goal of the games is for seniors to be involved in social, physical and mental activities so that they can stay active and be healthier in their older age, says Adrian.

“I have a lot of fun down there,” says Jo. “That’s why we go, for the fun and to meet the people.”

 

Just Posted

William Griffin arrested in Houston homicide

RCMP have now arrested William Griffin, the man wanted in connection to… Continue reading

Police look for suspect in Nov. 10 homicide

Victim identified as Elijah Dumont

B.C. First Nation Chief Ed John faces historic sex charges

John served as minister for children and families under then-premier Ujjah Dosanjh

Still no sign of missing Houston woman

Laureen Fabian last seen Oct. 28

Cullen gets $89,000 in post-MP severance

At 55, the former MP will also be eligible for an $82,000 per annum pension

Teen with cancer whose viral video urged Canadians to vote has died, uncle tweets

Maddison Yetman had been looking forward to voting in her first federal election since junior high school

Rowing Canada, UVic investigate celebrated coach for harassment, abuse

Lily Copeland says she felt intimidated and trapped by Williams

Cleanup in the works after tanker truck fire leads to oil spill in B.C.’s Peace region

The province said the majority of the spilled oil likely burned away in the fire.

BC VIEWS: Action needed on healthcare workplace violence

While we’ve been talking about it, the number of B.C. victims has only grown

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

Dr. Day said he illegally opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996 in order to create more operating-room time

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night

Cherry had singled out new immigrants in for not honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled

Series of land-use fines inspire owner Michael Poole to sell the roughly 20-acre property.

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

Most Read