Langley played host to the last BC Senior Games ever.
â€œWe are the final BC Seniors Games,â€ said Langley Games president Milt Kruger.
Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman used the Langley Games closing ceremony Saturday as a chance to unveil a big change.
Theyâ€™ve been rebranded as the 55+ BC Games to better reflect the changing society that sees people living longer and healthier, and more active, lives.
Langleyâ€™s Games were the biggest so far since they started 27 years ago, attracting an estimated 4,000 athletes.
Kruger praised all those who helped with the games, particularly Michael Jackstein who â€œkind of puts on games in his sleep.â€ This was Jacksteinâ€™s third set of games.
BC Games Society president Wayne Naka, of Nelson, said he hadnâ€™t had much occasion in the past to spend time in Langley.
â€œIâ€™m in awe of what has happened here,â€ he said.
The North Vancouver organizing committee of the 55+ Games in 2015 were at the Langley events Sept. 9-13. North Van Games Society president Brad Lund said it helps to see the games unfold before having to host them.
â€œI had no idea what we were getting into with it but my board is still here,â€ Lund quipped. â€œIt really opened our eyes as to the inter-connectedness of all the directorates.â€
In closing, emcee Jim McGregor quote Shakespeareâ€™s line about all the world is a stage, including the often overlooked portion â€œAnd one man in his time plays many partsâ€.
â€œYou have all played your parts so well,â€ he said about everyone involved.