Peace Region Municipalities officially sign agreement to bring competitive seniors games to the region

Five municipalities within the Peace Region are looking forward to competition, next summer.

A signing ceremony was held outside the Baytex Energy Centre last week with mayors and reeves representing: the Towns of Peace River and Grimshaw, the County of Northern Lights, Northern Sunrise County, as well as the Municipal District of Peace No. 135 to finalize the Alberta 55+ Summer Games of

With around 900 competitors expected in the region in August of 2021, Peace River Mayor, Tom Tarpey says it will be great to showcase the region to many people who may be exploring the Peace for the first time.

“Not only the Town of Peace River, but the region around it,” says Tarpey. “I certainly hope we can save some of that greenery from this year to next year but even if we don’t, I think it will be a great event that will really showcase Northwestern Alberta.”

This year’s games have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Among the events competitors will be taking part in include: athletics track and field, bocce, contract bridge, cribbage, military whist, floor curling, cycling, floor shuffleboard, golf, 8-ball pool, horseshoes, slo-pitch, soccer, swimming, tennis, pickleball, and crafts and photography.

With upwards of 900 people taking part in competitions across the region we expect to see beneficial economic spinoff, with people staying in hotels, shopping, and eating at local restaurants.

“As one of the host partners, the Town of Grimshaw is thrilled to be participating in this exciting event,” says Grimshaw Mayor, Bob Regal. “Alberta’s 55+ Summer Games will be an incredible opportunity to show Alberta all the amazing things our town and our region has to offer.”

“The County of Northern Lights is very excited to be part of the successful regional bid committee for the 55+ games,” states Reeve, Terry Ungarian. “This is a great opportunity to bring participants from all corners of the province to our region and be treated to northern hospitality and experience all of our splendour.”

“Once again our region has been selected to showcase the many areas and facilities by hosting the Alberta 55+ Provincial Games,” exclaims MD of Peace Reeve, Robert Willing. “It’s a testament to the beauty, diversity, and capabilities of the people and resources of our area. The Peace region has so much to offer to all the participants and we welcome the opportunity.”

“Northern Sunrise County is pleased to hear that we’ve been selected to host the 2021 Alberta 55+ Summer Games with our municipal partners in August 2021,” says Northern Sunrise County Reeve, Carolyn Kolebaba.  We look forward to showcasing our great communities and having our residents be ambassadors for all those participating in and attending the games.”

– Kenny Trenton, Trending 55 Newsroom