Greater Victoria, B.C. – Today marks 55 days until the 55+ BC Games kick off in Greater Victoria on Tuesday, September 13.
More than 2,500 competitors will participate over four days in 22 sports and activities including ice hockey, tennis, running, horseshoes and cribbage.
Venues across the CRD are preparing to welcome participants and their families from across the province. Events will be held in the cities of Langford, Saanich and Victoria, the District of Oak Bay, and the Township of Esquimalt.
“Everyone who takes part—as a participant, volunteer, sponsor, or spectator—will be proud of what our city has accomplished,” said Michael O’Connor, president of the Host City board of directors for the 2022 Victoria 55+ BC Games.
“This fabulous, province-wide event was championed by Destination Greater Victoria,” he continued. “The team there dared to dream to bring this event to the capital city, and individuals, organizations, businesses, municipalities and the Province of BC have brought it to life, working together to make this a memorable celebration for competitors and community.”
These Games in Greater Victoria mark the return of the 55+ BC Games, sidelined for two years due to the pandemic. It’s a significant milestone for the capital region, too, as this is the first time Greater Victoria has hosted the Games in the event’s 36-year history. Additionally, it’s the first major multi-sport event the capital city is hosting since the 1997 North American Indigenous Games.
Perks for participants and officials
Participants and officials travelling to Vancouver Island to attend the Games are eligible for a number of offers and discounts to tourist attractions and restaurants thanks to the Sports VIP Program, presented by the Greater Victoria Sport Tourism Commission. Those eligible should present their Sport VIP Program decal at the venues. More information is available at tourismvictoria.com.
Watching the Games – Admission is free to watch the Games at all venues. The schedule is forthcoming and will be posted at 55plusbcgames.org and provided in another media release.
Opening Ceremony – The Games Opening Ceremony will be held Wednesday, September 14 at Save On Foods Memorial Centre. This vibrant, colourful show will be full of music, dance, entertainment, and cultural displays highlighting our participants and their homes around the province. Acts include the BC Fiddle Orchestra, Wong Sheung Hung Fut Kung fu Club lion dancers, and BackBeat, Canada’s most authentic 60’s musical tribute band. Information is forthcoming and will be posted at 55plusbcgames.org and provided in another media release.
Thursday Night on the Town festival – A free, public festival will be held on Government Street on Thursday, September 15. Thursday Night on the Town is sponsored by the Victoria Foundation and will feature music, buskers, First Nations cultural performance and chances to get active by trying out games. Information is forthcoming and will be posted at 55plusbcgames.org and provided in another media release.
Need for volunteers
Volunteers are still being actively recruited. More information is available at 55plusbcgames.org. The public is also welcome to drop in to the Games office between 9 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday, at 105-2401C Millstream Road in Millstream Village.