Regional bid to host AB Plus Games OKed

Susan Thompson
South Peace News

The Peace region has won the bid to host the Alberta 55 Plus Summer Games in 2021.

The Town of Peace River, County of Northern Lights, M.D. of Peace, Northern Sunrise County, and the Town of Grimshaw put in a joint application to host the games. Events will be spread across the region.

Over 900 athletes over the age of 55 are expected to take part in the competition, including track and field, bocce, contract bridge, cribbage, military whist, floor curling, cycling, floor shuffleboard, golf, 8-ball pool, horseshoes, slo-pitch, soccer, swimming, tennis, pickleball, crafts and photography.

“The Peace River Region is an excellent choice to host these games, not only because of the natural beauty but because of the vibrant communities, and fantastic recreation facilities. The Town of Peace River is very excited to help host such an event and for the benefits that it will bring to our communities,” says Peace River Mayor Tom Tarpey.

“As one of the host partners the Town of Grimshaw is thrilled to be participating in this exciting event. Alberta’s 55+ Summer Games will be an incredible opportunity to show Alberta all the amazing things our town and our region has to offer,” says Bob Regal, mayor of the Town of Grimshaw.

The games should boost the entire region’s economy as people stay in hotels, shop, and eat at local restaurants.

“We look forward to showcasing our great communities and having our residents be ambassadors for all those participating in and attending the games,” says Northern Sunrise County Reeve Carolyn Kolebaba.

“The County of Northern Lights is very excited to be part of the successful regional bid committee for the 55+games,” says Reeve Terry Ungarian.

“This is a great opportunity to bring participants from all corners of the province to our region and be treated to northern hospitality and experience all of our splendour. Congratulations to everyone involved in putting the application together, you have been rewarded for your relentless work,” he adds.

“Once again our region has been selected to showcase the many areas and facilities by hosting the Alberta 55+ Provincial Games. It’s a testament to the beauty, diversity, and capabilities of the people and resources of our area,” says Robert Willing, Reeve of the M.D. of Peace.

“The Peace region has so much to offer to all the participants and we welcome the opportunity. So, it’s time to get work; roll up our sleeves and show the entire province what we really can do,” he adds.

“Let the games begin!”

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