Organized games for seniors ensure everyone can participate By Tammy Schneider

The Ontario Senior Games Association, Grey Bruce District 27, hosted an event in Kincardine and surrounding communities on Aug. 14. Open to seniors aged 55 plus, the games are geared towards offering everyone an opportunity to participate. Activities included baseball, golf, bocci ball, pickle ball, slo-pitch, tennis and cards. In this event, 87 people from Grey Bruce came out, with 600 participants in all. The games take place every second year, with the provincial games taking place in between. There is a summer and a winter version of the games. Rather than trophies or ribbons, the successful competitors were presented with a special bottle of maple syrup to acknowledge their success. Ellen Paterson, chair of District 27, says there are many advantages to participating. “Meeting other people and keeping active is an advantage,” said Paterson. “Being active in games helps with health and keeps you mentally sharp. It keeps you from being isolated. We don’t just have the active games, so if you have mobility issues you can still get out and participate.” Fifty volunteers offered their time and many businesses donated money and product to ensure the success of the games. New participants are always encouraged to come out. Paterson suggests seniors contact her through email at or call her at 519-396-3885. “Get out there and have fun,” said Paterson. “It’s important for people who are retired to not just sit around the house.”

Organized games for seniors ensure everyone can participate By Tammy Schneider was last modified: August 27th, 2019 by Tammy Schneider

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