Seniors floor curling team Ellen Wiege (left)

Seniors floor curling team Ellen Wiege (left)

Williams Lake seniors prepare for B.C. Seniors’ Games

Seniors raise funds in Williams Lake to send local competitors to the B.C. Summer Games.

A fundraising event held recently at the Seniors Activity Centre  helped to raise funds for local seniors on their way to Prince George in the next few weeks to compete for a spot in the BC Seniors Games this summer.

Ellen Wiege is the co-ordinator for the Williams Lake area BC Seniors Games, and the skip on a local floor curling team. They have won five gold, one bronze and two silver medals so far, and are looking forward to battling it out in Prince George for the chance to represent Zone 9 at the games in Kamloops.

Last year the dinner, concert and silent auction raised more than $3,000, supporting 35 senior athletes from Williams Lake.

Williams Lake is part of Zone 9 from Mackenzie to the Lone Butte.  About 3,500 senior athletes will compete in sports such as archery, curling, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis and track and field. Wiege said the BC Seniors Games is a great opportunity for local residents.

“It’s a lot of fun – it is a great way to make friends,” she said. “When we go to competitions it’s great to see everybody, and it helps us stay active.”