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Strathmore to host 2015 Alberta 55 Plus Summer Games

The historic Town of Strathmore will welcome over 1,000 games enthusiasts to the 2015 Alberta 55 Plus Summer Games.

The Games, open to Albertans 55 years of age and older, include events such as athletics (track and other field sports), golfing, cycling, swimming as well as euchre, bocce and team sports like slo-pitch baseball.

“Being active at every age is an important aspect of ensuring a high quality of life,” said Dr. Richard Starke, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation. “Sporting events encourage excellence, provide people with an opportunity to connect with each other and inspire all of us to get more active more often.”

Through the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation, the Alberta government supports the host community with grants totaling $175,000.

“On behalf of the Town of Strathmore and its citizens, I am thrilled we were chosen as the host city for the Alberta 55 Plus Summer Games in 2015,” said Mayor Steve Grajcyzk. “These games will be a great opportunity to showcase our sports facilities and we look forward to having the participants enjoy these amenities and the friendly atmosphere of our century old southern town.”

“The Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation and the Alberta 55 plus Association look forward to working with Strathmore and their amazing team of volunteers to display the enthusiasm and pride long-established in the Strathmore community,” said John Short, Vice Chair of the Foundation.

The Alberta 55 Plus Games are coordinated by the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation with support from the Alberta 55 Plus Association. The Games are a provincial initiative to encourage Albertans to be active, as part of Active Alberta and are made possible with the assistance of the Town of Strathmore, local sponsors and the Alberta Government.

The 2013 Alberta 55 Plus Summer Games will be held in the dual communities of Barrhead-Westlock on July 25-28.

 

Media inquiries may be directed to:
Susan Johnson
Public Affairs Officer
Tourism, Parks and Recreation
780-974-6269
Susan.s.johnson@gov.ab.ca
@AB_TPR