October 25, 2016
Saint John, NB October 14, 2016 – Saint John, New Brunswick has been officially announced as the host city for the 2018 Canada 55+ Games bringing over 1500 delegates and having an economic impact of approximately $3M. The games will take place August 21-24, 2018 at venues throughout the city and Quispamsis.
“Winning the bid to host the 2018 games is a testament to the hard-work of our committee, the support of Discover Saint John and the excellent venues and experiences offered in the Greater Saint John area,” says local host committee co-chair, Barb Curry. “We’re ready to put on fantastic games and know the participants, families and volunteers will have lasting memories from their time in the city.”
The Saint John bid was presented to the board of directors of the Canada 55+ Games in August.
‘’We could just see the enthusiasm, interest and excitement by this group of people, they wanted these games,” says Bob MacLeod, President of the Canada 55+ Games. “They presented the city in a way that made us all want to visit. We are absolutely convinced our 2018 games will prove to be one of our best ever, thank you Saint John for having us.”
The games are a multi-activity event open to adults aged 55-plus and have a focus on social, physical and psychological involvement. There are 18 mandatory events including: 8-ball pool, Cribbage, Golf, Pickleball, Tennis, Bowling, Darts, Ice Curling, Scrabble, Track & Field, Bocce, Duplicate Bridge, Contract Bridge, Whist, Slo-Pitch, Ice Hockey, Swimming and Floor Shuffleboard. The games will include four optional events: Badminton, Table Tennis, Cycling, Horseshoes, and two bonus events a 5K and 10K run.
All participants must qualify through their provincial organization in order to be eligible to participate in the national event.
“Major sporting events, like the Canada 55+ Games, happen in our city thanks to the dedication and vision of local champions like co-chairs Barb Curry and Ron Lockhart and their committee,” says Victoria Clarke, Executive Director of Discover Saint John. “The 2018 event is estimated to generate $3 million for Saint John as the host city. Athletes and families will be staying in our hotels, eating and drinking, shopping and exploring our awesome city – everyone wins!”
For further information, people are encouraged to follow the local host committee on social media or email them directly with any inquiries.
Media Contacts: Barb Curry, Co-Chair of the 2018 Canada 55+ Games Host Committee for Greater Saint John Area 506-650-9300