Roughly 4,000 athletes will converge in Coquitlam Sept. 20-24 for the 2016 55+ BC Games.
Alongside them their families, friends, coaches, 1,500 volunteers and fans will come together for one of the largest community celebrations sport has seen in many years.
The annual event showcases the outstanding athleticism of B.C. competitors aged 55 plus and promotes the benefits of leading an active, healthy lifestyle.
From Williams Lake 15 athletes will represent the North Central Zone — one of 12 in the province — spread among four different sports.
The following athletes from Williams Lake and area will compete at this summer’s 55+ BC Summer Games:
Cribbage: Gordon Mayfield and Helene Popowich
Floor curling: Greta Bowser, Marlene Davis, Madge Struthers and Ellen Wiege
Golf: Doug Martineau, Floris Martineau, Leona McKay, Wayne Rodier and Marci Paquette
Track and field: Pat Harton (1,500 metres, 10 kilometre road race, 5,000 metres, 4 x 400-metre powerwalk relay, 400 metres, 800 metres and 50 metres), Marlene Johnston (discuss, shot put, weight throw, javelin, hammer throw, weight pentathlon, 1,500 metres, 10 km road race), Jim Johnston (long jump, triple jump, javelin, pentathlon, pole vault, weight pentathlon), Leo Rankin (1,500 metres, 10 km road race, discus, 800 metres, 5,000 metres, 5,000-metre power walk, long jump and javelin).
Doug and Floris Martineau were also recently selected as members of Team BC, and will represent the province playing golf at the Canada 55+ Games in Brampton, Ont. from Aug. 16-19.
Sports include archery, badminton, bridge, carpet bowling, cribbage, cycling, darts, dragon boat racing, five pin bowling, floor curling, golf, horseshoes, ice curling, ice hockey, lawn bowling, pickleball, slo-pitch, soccer, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field and whist.