Torch lighting

A torch was lit Saturday to mark the 80-day countdown to the start of the BC 55+ Games in Kelowna.

The BC 55+ Games aren’t just a celebration of seniors’ sport and fitness.

Kelowna’s economy should get a $3-million boost this September when the city hosts the event, Mayor Colin Basran says.

A torch was lit Saturday in Stuart Park, across from City Hall, to begin the countdown to the Games.

“While we are kicking things off and counting down the next 80 days to the Games’ start, more than a year of work needs to be recognized to this point,” host committee president David Graham said.

“Our thanks are given to the volunteers and sponsors who have gotten us here, (but) more than 1,000 volunteers are still needed to ensure a successful event,” said Graham, who was the city’s recreation director before he retired.

Almost 4,000 people aged 55 and up will take part in more than 30 sports during the Games, which run Sept. 10-14.

For more information and how to get involved, see 55plusbcgames.org.

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