Let the games begin!

Leaders of the 55-Plus Games stand with local municipal leaders. Left-right, are Alberta 55-Plus president Wayne Davies, Zone 8 president Mary Zabolotniuk, of High Prairie, Town of High Prairie Mayor Linda Cox and Big Lakes County Reeve Ken Matthews.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

About 300 seniors throughout the province were welcomed to High Prairie for the Alberta 55-Plus Fall Games during the opening ceremonies Sept. 14.

Banners for the eight zones was carried in during the ceremonies at the Gordon Buchanan Recreation Centre before the games were declared opened by Mary Zabolotniuk, president of Zone 8, from High Prairie.

Welcome to our town and to the games,” Zabolotniuk says.

I appreciate my home community and organizations and people for helping to host the games.”

Special words were expressed by Wayne Davies, president of Alberta 55-Plus.

Have a good time, look around High Prairie, it’s a great place to visit,” Davies says.

Municipal leaders also gave a warm welcome.

High Prairie is a great little town and we would welcome you back to our part of the country any time of the year,” Town of High Prairie Mayor Linda Cox says.

From the name change to Alberta 55-Plus Fall Games, to picking up four extra events from the summer games, our volunteers have worked throughout the spring and summer to make these games a success.”

She thanked the organizers for their admirable efforts to bring the games to town and the community for its support.

Big Lakes County Reeve Ken Matthews added similar remarks.

It is a sign that seniors and the volunteers that make these events happen are very dedicated people, thanks to you all,” Matthews says.

Seniors are involved and active in their communities.”

Ceremonies opened as the Royal Canadian Air Cadets 539 High Prairie carried the flags in the colour guard.

Local high school student teen Zoe Blacha sang the national anthem.

Competition occurred in various venues in High Prairie on Sept. 15-16.

Please see results in next week’s News.

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