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1000 Participants Set to Take Part in Ontario 55+ Winter Games in Cobourg

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1000 Participants Set to Take Part in Ontario 55+ Winter Games in Cobourg

Province Boosting Local Economy, Helping Seniors Lead Active Lives

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

One thousand participants from across the province are set to take part in the 2017 Ontario 55+ Winter Games beginning today in Cobourg, which will strengthen the local economy while promoting healthy, active lifestyles for seniors.

This one-of-a-kind event, which is developed in partnership with the Ontario Seniors Games Association, is the only major provincial sporting event in Ontario for the 55+ age demographic. Competitions are held in 10 different sports, including:

  • Ten Pin Bowling
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Badminton
  • Curling
  • Duplicate Bridge
  • Ice Hockey
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Prediction Skating
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball

Ontario's support for the games recognizes the many ways in which organized sport can be good for people and communities, from the health benefits of physical activity to the economic benefits of hosting multi-sport events.

Investing in amateur sport is part of the government's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is supporting the 2017 Ontario 55+ Winter Games with a $235,000 investment through its Games Ontario Program as part of Game ON – The Ontario Government's Sport Plan to help more Ontarians participate and excel in sport.
  • Game ON is one of the many legacies of the 2015 Toronto Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.
  • Ontario is excited to host the North American Indigenous Games and the Invictus Games later this year.
  • 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation, which is an opportunity to showcase Ontario’s collective accomplishments in sports, culture and industry while establishing strong economic, social and cultural legacies across the province.

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Eleanor McMahon

“Ontario is supporting the 2017 Ontario 55+ Winter Games, which will boost the local economy while promoting amateur sport. Our government remains committed to investing in multi-sport events and giving people of all ages an opportunity to participate, which is something to celebrate in our 150th anniversary year.”

Eleanor McMahon

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Dipika Damerla

“Cobourg is recognized as having a ‎large older adult populations, so it is fitting that a multi-sport event that promotes healthy, active lifestyles for seniors is being held in this community.”

Dipika Damerla

Minister of Seniors Affairs

Lou Rinaldi

“As a long-time resident in this region, I can tell you that Cobourg is well known for its outstanding outdoor winter activities. The games will have a lasting economic and social impact on the community and those who visit Cobourg during the Games.”

Lou Rinaldi

MPP Northumberland-Quinte West

“The Town of Cobourg is home to a very active senior population and a thriving Seniors Activity Centre that operates out of our Cobourg Community Centre. On behalf of Cobourg Municipal Council, we are thrilled to be hosting the 2017 Ontario 55+ Winter Games and look forward to welcoming all of the participants, their family and friends. The Games Organizing Committee and the Town’s Department of Recreation and Culture have worked hard to ensure a successful event that will have a lasting cultural impact on the Town of Cobourg.”

Gil Brocanier

Mayor, Town of Cobourg

“Enthusiasm is running high for the many 55+ Ontarians that are travelling to Cobourg for the Ontario 55+ Winter Games this week. Everyone is looking forward to not only the competition, but also connecting with old friends and meeting new ones. The OSGA and its members congratulate the Town of Cobourg and its volunteers for all their hard work in hosting these Games.”

Gail Prior

President, Ontario Seniors Games Association

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