The annual 55+ BC Games is a five-day, province wide, multi-sport event hosted by a different community each year. The BC Seniors Games Society is the parent organization that is responsible for the overall governance of the Games, the sport specific rules, and the liaison with the participants. Its mission is to improve the health, lifestyle, and image of British Columbia’s 55+ population.
Kimberley/Cranbrook 2018 55+ BC Games
- September 11 – 15, 2018
- The 2018 Games are the thirty-first annual 55+BC Games (previously the BC Seniors Games) games, and Cranbrook has previously hosted the 1993 BC Seniors Games.
- Over 2,500 participants aged 55+ from across British Columbia are expected to compete.
- Participants compete from twelve Zones across BC
- 25 sports and activities are included in these Games.
- Twelve Directors working in distinct planning areas (Directorates) will coordinate approximately 75–80 volunteer Chairs, each of whom has a committee of volunteers responsible for different aspects of the Games planning and operation.
- An estimated 1,500+ volunteers will be involved in planning and staging the Games.
Major Games Events
- Community Awareness Event – April 2018
- Torchlighting Ceremony – approximately 100 days out from the Games – June 17th, 2018
- Opening Ceremony – Wednesday, September 12
- Host Society Reception – Wednesday, September 12
- Competitions – Wednesday, September 12 until Saturday, September 15
- Participant Special Event – Thursday, September 13
- Participant Dance – Friday, September 14
- Closing Ceremony – Saturday, September 15
- Base funding of $85,000 is provided by the Province of BC through the BC Seniors Games Society, plus a $5,000 legacy grant from the BCSGS.
- The City of Kimberley has committed $30,000 cash and $25,500 of in-kind value to support the Host Society.
- The City of Cranbrook has committed $30,000 cash and $25,500 of in-kind value to support the Host Society.
- The Host Society, through the BC Seniors Games Society, will receive part of participant registration and sport fees.
- Provincial and local Corporate and Funding Partners.
- Local “Friends of the Games” (business, industry, etc.) will contribute additional cash and in-kind contributions to support these Games.
Legacy of the 55+ BC Games
- Community celebration and pride
- Skilled and experienced community volunteers
- Facility upgrades and investment in sport and community programs
- A community celebration, community pride
- Trained and enhanced skill development of community volunteers
- Economic impact to the community
- $3.1 million (study from Langley 2014 BC Seniors Games)
History of the BC Seniors Games
- Established in 1987 with the assistance of the Ministry responsible for sport.
- Original premise: the sport and recreation development for seniors will have a direct bearing on the quality of life for older British Columbians and the province as a whole.
- The BC Seniors Games Society Board oversees the 55+ BC Games and provides event management to the Host Society.