February 17th, 2016
Hon. Jane Cordy: Honourable senators, I want to thank and congratulate the organizers of the Nova Scotia 55+ Games, which were held in Pictou County last September. Close to 150 volunteers, under the leadership of co-chairs Nancy Dicks and Andy Thompson, and event coordinator Jan Keefe, worked hard to make the games a success.
The mission of the 55+ Games is to bring people together from across Nova Scotia to participate in the activities and encourage healthier and more active lifestyles, while having a lot of fun. About 750 athletes, ranging in age from 55 to 99, from around the province participated in the Pictou County games. Events included men's and women's hockey, swimming, cycling, curling, badminton, golf, archery, bowling, pickleball, darts, bridge, cribbage and Nordic walking.
My husband and I participated in the games, Bob played golf and I played pickleball, which is similar to tennis but is played on a shorter tennis court. Competitors use a paddle instead of a tennis racket and a perforated plastic baseball similar to a whiffle ball. Now, one of us won medals, and it wouldn't be fair to say who that was, but our grandsons were very happy to wear nana's medals when we got home from the games. The medals were thanks to my great partners, Joan Clark in women's doubles and Monty Johnson in mixed doubles.
Honourable senators, the games take place in Nova Scotia every two years, with the next Nova Scotia 55+ Games scheduled to take place in Lunenburg County in 2017. Again, I want to congratulate the organizers, volunteers and participants of the games. It was a fun time in Pictou County.