Muskoka to host record Senior Winter Games
Five local participants heading to games
Muskoka will be hosting the largest Ontario Winter Senior Games on record in February.
Myke Malone, general manager for the winter game organizing committee, said they have 1,068 registrations for the winter games this year.
The last set of games, which was held in Haliburton two years ago, attracted 878 participants and the games in Brockville before that attracted around 700.
“Haliburton jumped about 10 pre cent over what they had in Brockville, so we’d predicted a 10 per cent growth here, but we’re actually more about 20 per cent growth,” he said.
Malone attributes the growth to the central location of Muskoka and the increasing number of baby boomers.
This year there will be a number of local participants including three from Bracebridge – Allan Booth, John Marshall, Fred Jo McKeen – participating in ice hockey, Warren Brownlee from Gravenhurst playing badminton, and Terry Gill from Utterson playing hockey.
The games also include alpine skiing, curling, duplicate bridge, Nordic skiing, prediction skating, table tennis, ten pin bowling and volleyball.
The concept of the Ontario Senior Games began in 1982 with financial assistance promised from the Ministry of Tourism and Recreation. The first games were held in Kitchener in 1986.
The winter games are held every two years at various locations throughout the province, interspersed with the senior summer games in the in-between years.
More information on the local athletes will follow in the coming weeks.