Opening Ceremonies for the Canada 55+ Plus Games, being held in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality August 29-September 1, take place today as approximately 1,500 athletes from across Canada are converging on Cape Breton to take part in a wide variety of activities, ranging from ice hockey to slo-pitch, Scrabble to 8-Ball. Many are staying at various hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts around the island. Several hundred people have already registered at the main office at the round room in the back of Sydney’s Civic Centre and many more are expected as events start today.
“We’re really pleased with the turnout so far and we’re expecting a busy few days,” says Bev Patterson, Games Manager. “Not only is this going to be great for sport in Cape Breton, but I’m sure it’s going to be a welcome boost to the economy as well.”
“It’s going to be an exciting few days,” says games chair Ray Paruch. “These people have come from across the country so let’s give them a real Cape Breton welcome.”
Events will be taking place in a variety of venues throughout the municipality. Opening ceremonies are being held at Harbourside Commercial Park Wednesday, August 29, starting at 9:30 am with the games parade of athletes, followed by the official ceremonies at 10:15 am that will include a salute to veterans, speeches, performances and the actual opening ceremonies. The ceremonies will be highlighted with an appearance by the federal Minister of Labour, Lisa Raitt, who will give greetings from the federal government.
After a welcoming lunch, the activities begin in the afternoon with curling, bowling, cribbage, ice hockey, slo-pitch and tennis, as well as several practice sessions. In the evening, the 10 K run will be held on the grounds at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.
Visit canada55plusgames2012.com for a listing of all activities and events. The Games continue until September 1.