TRURO – A lot of friendly competitions will take place throughout Truro this week.
The Nova Scotia 55+ Games are Thursday to Saturday, offering about 20 sports and activities for people 55 years of age and older.
There are 550 people registered, which is almost 100 more participants compared to the last games, which were held two years ago in Kings County. Creston Rudolph, games chairman, told the Truro Daily News there are specific reasons for the increase in participation.
“I think we’re central and the games are picking up momentum and we’ve done a pretty good job of marketing. I think it will increase every year,” said Rudolph, estimating one-third of the participants are local. Others are coming from as far away as Cape Breton and the South Shore. The first of these games were held in 2007 in Truro, said Rudolph, and attracted 150 participants.
Some of the highlights of this year’s event, said Rudolph, include men’s and women’s hockey, cribbage, bowling, curling, darts and cycling. A new activity is pickle ball, which is another version of indoor tennis with lower nets. Winners of the games here will also have the opportunity to participate in the Canada 55+ Games next summer in Alberta.
A few events, however, were cancelled due to lack of registration, including golf, badminton and slo-pitch softball.
Rudolph said there are a few misconceptions about the 55+ games that need to be clarified. One issue is that people at this age aren’t interested in being as physically active as younger people.
“We want to dispel the myth that after you are 50 all avenues for activities and sports are not for you. This (event) gives people something to strive for, to get out and is great for those who want a higher (level) of competition,” he said, adding the games offer an opportunity to improve health as well.
“When we get older, people can encounter more ailments. Being active helps alleviate some of those or can help delay the onset of some diseases,” said Rudolph.
Another misconception, said Rudolph, is that only highly competitive people can take part in the games. In fact, all skill levels are encouraged.
And the public is encouraged to watch and cheer on the participants.
“They get more fired up when there’s a crowd,” Rudolph said.
The following are events taking place during the Nova Scotia 55+ Games from Thursday to Saturday. For a complete list of events, locations and times, see the Colchester Weekly News on Thursday.
Thursday - Men’s and women’s hockey, curling, floor shuffleboard, Skip-Bo, 45s, washer toss, duplicate bridge, 8 ball, 5km run, darts, opening ceremonies and reception
Friday – Stick curling, men’s and women’s hockey, bowling, pickle ball, cycling, contact bridge, tennis, Crokinole, 10k run, darts, soccer and entertainment.
Saturday – Men’s hockey, track and field, cribbage, soccer, scrabble, lawn bowling, banquet, dance and closing ceremonies.