Transportation hurdle for senior games committee
Rotary Club of Huntsville donates $5,000 to off-set costs
The Rotary Club of Huntsville presents a cheque for $5,000 to Myke Malone, the general manager for the 2013 Ontario 55-plus Senior Winter Games. The money will be used to help with transportation costs for the games, which will be held in February.
HUNTSVILLE - Getting people to come to Muskoka for sporting events has never been a problem.
Whether it has been the Ontario Winter Games, ParaSport championships or other such large-scale competitions, north Muskoka has always seemed to be able to attract strong numbers.
But getting the athletes to and from the various venues once they are here, that in itself takes a great deal of coordination, time and money. That’s one of the many issues the organizing committee for the Ontario 55-plus Senior Winter Games faces when the 2013 competition starts this coming February.
Games’ general manager Myke Malone said that it could take as many as 20 buses to shuttle the athletes around to the different venues and to other locations each day over the course of the three days of competition.
“The buses will be used to transport the athletes from the accommodations to the venues,” he said. “It’s key for us to have these buses. These people will be coming from across the province to compete here and they have to get to the venues in a timely manner with their equipment. Not many of them will be familiar with Huntsville and the roads, and we will be moving more than 1,000 people over the course of a few days. And it will be during the winter, so you never know what type of weather you are going to get.”
The games got a boost last week when the Rotary Club of Huntsville donated $5,000 to the organizing committee to assist with transportation expenses during the weekend. Malone said that the club will have one bus named after it for the games.
“They have been named as a transportation sponsor,” he said. “Transportation is a huge component and one of our major expenses. The Rotary sponsorship is huge for us. We can’t firm up our transportation schedules until registration is closed, and that is set to close around Jan. 7.”
Huntsville, in partnership with the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, was selected in May 2011 to host the 2013 games. ?
This provincial multi-sport championship showcases athletes 55 and older and is an excellent example of what a healthy, active lifestyle can contribute to improve quality of life in your senior years. ?The Canada Summit Centre, Lake of Bays Community Centre, Huntsville High School, Riverside Public School, Huntsville Curling Club, Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area, Delta Grandview Resort and Arrowhead Provincial Park will host events throughout Feb. 26 to 28.
This will be the first time Huntsville has hosted the Ontario senior games, however the community has also hosted the inaugural Ontario Paralympic Winter Championship in 2006, the Ontario Winter Games (youth) in 2010 and the renamed Ontario ParaSport Winter Championships earlier this year.
For more information about the Ontario Senior Games Association, please visit www.ontarioseniorgames.ca.