Ellen Wiege

Ellen Wiege

Seniors Games participation encouraged

Ellen Wiege is reminding area seniors to consider competing or volunteering for the upcoming 2015 B.C. Seniors Games.

Ellen Wiege is reminding area seniors to consider competing or volunteering for the upcoming 2015 B.C. Seniors Games.

Wiege is the Williams Lake Senior Games’ co-ordinator and has been a multi-medal winner and competitor in floor curling for the past 22 years.

“It’s a good way to get out and get your exercise and have a visit,” Wiege said of why she loves the games.

Set to take place Aug. 25-29 in North Vancouver this year, the mission of the Games is to improve the health, lifestyle and image of the province’s 55-plus population.

Wiegle said seniors can compete in everything from bocce, cycling and pickleball to table tennis, archery, bridge, crib and five pin bowling.

She said being a competitor is a great way to stay both mentally and physically fit as well as make friends.

“We always seem to be competing against the same people so you get to know each other. It’s like one big family down there.”

And if competing isn’t your thing, Wiege said volunteers are needed to help with fundraising efforts and also organizing, as Wiege hopes to step away from being the co-ordinator after 20 years of volunteering.

“I’m been organizing for years. It’s time for me have a little rest so I’d like for someone to step up as co-ordinator,” Wiege said. “Anyone interested in knowing more about it can contact me.”

The next local fundraising event scheduled for the games is a pork roast dinner April 12 at the Seniors Activity Centre.

Tickets are available at the Seniors Activity Centre and are $15 each. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Funds raised will help offset the costs of traveling to the games for the competitors.

For more information, contact Ellen Wiege at 250-392-3537.