Sidney – It seems like we just celebrated a Games in 2022 and now we have the sports decided for 2023! The Abbotsford 55+ BC Games Host Society announced today the sport package for the 55+ BC Games. The Abbotsford 2023 55+ BC Games will be held August 22 -26, 2023 and will see 29 sports and activities offered for the 3500+ participants.
|8 Ball||Darts||Ice Hockey||*Sturling (TBC)|
|Archery||Dragon Boating||Lawn Bowling||Swimming|
|Badminton||Equestrian||Mountain Biking||Table Tennis|
|Bocce||Five Pin Bowling||Pickleball||Tennis|
|Bridge||Floor Curling||Slo-Pitch||Track & Field|
|Cribbage||Horseshoes||Soccer Men/7-aside (m&w)|
*Venue to be confirmed
The 55+ BC Games are presented on an annual basis in different host cities by the BC Seniors Games Society (BCSGS). The 55+ BC Games were previously held in Greater Victoria in 2022 where they hosted over 2,500 participants in the first post-COVID era.
The 55+ BC Games are an important part of the BC sport system and the largest annual multi-sport gathering event in the province. The Games offer the opportunity to celebrate sport and active living with other participants from across the province and experience the hospitality of the Host City.
Each year the Games attract approximately 3500 participants and require approximately 1,200 volunteers to stage and deliver the Games in the Host Community.
Participant registration for the 2023 Abbotsford 55+ BC Games will open March 1, 2023. For more information about the 55+ BC Games, visit www.55plusbcgames.org.
If you are interested in helping to bring the Games to Abbotsford as a volunteer, please visit the Volunteer information page at www.55plusbcgames.org
Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport
“The 55+ BC Games is a fun and dynamic competition that builds strong community connections through a wide variety of events and activities. Our government is proud to support the games, as they inspire British Columbians to stay active and engaged at any age.”
John Buis, President, BC Seniors Games Society
“Abbotsford is a community that loves to give back. The board of directors has a wealth of multi-sport games experience. We are confident that this board will host an exceptional Games and look forward to working with them in the ensuing months.”
Mary Boonstra, President, Abbotsford Host Society
“My team and I are dedicated to creating a memorable experience for participants, coaches, families, friends and volunteers in Abbotsford next year, starting with the events we have selected. Community is very important to us and we look forward to welcoming all participants to Abbotsford.”
About the 55+ BC Games
The 55+ BC Games is an annual, multi-sport competition celebrating active and healthy adults 55 years of age and older. The Games are funded primarily by the BC Seniors Games Society (BCSGS) and the Provincial Government. They are an important part of the Sport 4 Life Long Term Athlete Development, with many of the Provincial Sport Organizations providing support. The BCSGS is the parent organization that is responsible for the overall governance of the Games, the sport specific rules, and the liaison with the participants.
In 2022, an economic impact study conducted by Destination Greater Victoria using the Destinations International Event Impact Calculator found that the 55+ BC Games provide an impact of over $6.5 million to the host community. In addition, Host communities benefit from the development of capacity to host large multisport events by training volunteers and improved infrastructure through the Games Legacy program. Please visit www.55plusbcgames.org for more information.
For more information contact:
Media contact: Wes Zawertailo, Communications Chair, BC Seniors Games Society email@example.com
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.