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Antigonish preparing to roll out welcome for 2019 Nova Scotia 55+ Games

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ANTIGONISH – With just over three months to go, the Town and County of Antigonish are busy preparing to host the 2019 Nova Scotia 55+ Games.

From August 1-3, Antigonish will welcome an estimated 800 seniors from every region across the province to compete in the bi-annual 55+ Games. The announcement of the winning bid comes on the heels of the Special Olympics National Summer Games, another hugely successful event that brought 1500 athletes and their families to Antigonish.

Over the course of three days of competition, seniors will partake in events that promote age-friendly communities and enhance active aging with a focus on the importance of proper mental and physical well-being. The Antigonish Games will have a schedule of 21 events including bowling, pickleball, track and field, washer toss, crib, scrabble, and hockey. Additional bonus events that have been added to the roster include a 5KM and 10KM run through the Antigonish Landing, as well as unique “try-it” sessions of disc golf, geocaching, trail biking and rowing.

“Our schedule of events has something for everybody, whether you want to try something on your own or as part of a team. It is an exciting time for us to showcase Antigonish and all we have to offer to senior participants and their families,” said co-chair of the Antigonish 55+ Games Committee and town councillor Diane Roberts.

“We are proud of our community and our ability to come together to bring events like the 55+ Games to Antigonish. The partnerships we’ve made with local businesses and the Town and County are vital to making these Games a success,” added co-chair of the Antigonish 55+ Games and county councillor, Vaughan Chisholm.

Registration for the Games is $35 with additional fees for hockey, golf, curling. Those looking for more information or to register can do so online at www.antigonish55plusgames2019.com. The deadline for registration is July 1, 2019.

Antigonish’s Games will feature a Celtic flair in the opening and closing ceremonies that will lead to a toe tapping and foot stomping good time. Participants can also join the community for the annual Ceilidh in the Round, a special event hosted by multi-award winner Bruce Guthro on the evening of August 2. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a true Maritime kitchen party with world renowned artists and dancers. Tickets for this event cost an additional $30 when purchased at the time of registration or $40 at the door, pending availability. All proceeds from the Ceilidh will go towards the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation.

For more information about the Nova Scotia 55+ Games in Antigonish or to explore volunteer opportunities, visit www.antigonish55plusgames2019.com or email Michelle Cameron at antigonish55plusgames@gmail.com