Langley closes biggest BC Senior Games, and the last one

Langley played host to the last BC Senior Games ever.

“We are the final BC Seniors Games,” 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.

They’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.

Langley’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 “kind of puts on games in his sleep.” This was Jackstein’s third set of games.

BC Games Society president Wayne Naka, of Nelson, said he hadn’t had much occasion in the past to spend time in Langley.

“I’m in awe of what has happened here,” 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.

“I had no idea what we were getting into with it but my board is still here,” Lund quipped. “It really opened our eyes as to the inter-connectedness of all the directorates.”

In closing, emcee Jim McGregor quote Shakespeare’s line about all the world is a stage, including the often overlooked portion “And one man in his time plays many parts”.

“You have all played your parts so well,” he said about everyone involved.

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