Thursday notes at 2011 West Kootenay B.C. Seniors Games
The venues have been chosen, the athletes have checked in and now the 2011 version of the B.C. Seniors Games is well underway with more than 3000 competitors kicking, throwing, hitting, discarding and acting their way to what is hoped to be a successful competition.
However, before the torch is extinguished in Castlegar Saturday afternoon a group of volunteers will be hunkered down at Hume School in Nelson tabulating results to determine the winners of the 2011 West Kootenay B.C. Seniors Games.
Thursday was a crazy day at Hume Elementary as results trickled in instead of flowing into the computers.
It appears many of the sites in Trail are not wireless friendly, forcing organizers to use human runners to get results to a terminal in the downtown able to transmit to results central in Nelson.
No worries for friend, family and athletes.
A later start to Friday’s action allows the organizing committee to get into the computer lab in the morning to bring the site up to speed.
* Age is definitely not a hindrance to some athletes.
For example, take a look at 90-year-old Dennis Scorah of Kelowna. There was the Okanagan cyclist, front and center (see gallery below) in the start gates during Thursday’s time trial in the cycling event of the B.C. Seniors Games.
* Haley Park in Warfield has been the site of the busiest sport in the games — track and field.
The day starts at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. until Saturday when the sport concludes at 12:30 p.m.
* Friday is another full day of sport activities in the three host cities — Castlegar, Trail and Nelson.
In Castlegar there are horseshoes, badminton, carpet bowling, equestrian, floor curling, golf, slopitch, soccer, tennis and whist.
Nelson events are bridge at Hume Elementary, cribbage at Central (DESK) Elementary, cycling, dragon boat racing at Lakeside Park, ice hockey at the NDCC Arena, one-act plays at Capitol Theatre and table tennis at L.V. Rogers.
Trail has track and field at Haley Park in Warfield, archery, bocce, darts, five-pin bowling, golf, curling, and ice hockey at the Memorial Centre, pickle ball, swimming and tennis.
* Closing ceremonies go Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Castlegar Sports Complex.