The opening ceremonies of the Kelowna 2019 55-plus BC Games are only hours away as people from all over the Province are set to descend upon Kelowna for five days of competition.
Yesterday some of the Merritt competitors headed to Kelowna meet with Acting Mayor Melvina White as a send-off to the games.
“So, I’ve learned that we have a fair amount of active seniors in our community. I understand that we’ve won some silver and gold and on behalf of Mayor Brown and City Council, we would like to root you on to bring home the gold,” said White.
While the entire team wasn’t able to be present a small but mighty group gathered. Some of the Merrittonians heading east are, James Loewen in 8-ball, Dan and Jean Arnason in crib, Nelle Holubach and Mae Webster for whist, and Darch Oborne in cross country biking.
“This is my first year (at the games),” began Oborne. “I was the only participant in 75-79 (years old), so they’ve dropped me down to 70-74 to race against the young fellas. So, I’ll hopefully bring home a medal for Merritt.”
“It’s really not my style of biking, cross country, I ride free-ride mostly. I’ve been riding for about 20 years and I really enjoy it,” added Oborne.
Merritt is also sending two foursomes in floor-curling. Team one consists of Dot Coburn, Joanne and Bernard Larocque, and Verna Rose. Team two is Bob Leech, Shirley Vezina, Cyrl George, and Roland Danel.
Good luck to all the competitors headed to Kelowna this week.
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