Pictou Advocate sports

55-Plus Games have early date

Sports

LITTLE HARBOUR — Plans are progressing for the 2019 Nova Scotia 55-Plus Games that are taking place this summer in Antigonish.

Bob MacLeod, the Games’ Highland Region director, said the event has been moved from its usual late summer date on the calendar to July 31 to August 3.

“The games are early this year primarily to allow us to take full advantage of Saint Francis Xavier University as the university will be headquarters with many of the games being held there,” he said. “Also, we can book university accommodations and their food services will be available to us as well.”

The 2015 Games were in Pictou County and attracted more than 800 seniors from the county and around Nova Scotia.

Events being offered this year are women’s and men’s hockey, track and field, mountain biking, pickleball, golf, bowling, 8-ball pool, darts, tennis, cribbage, 4’s, crokinole, scrabble, washer toss, contract and duplicate bridge, skip bo, swimming, curling, soccer, slo-pitch, 5-K and 10-K runs and three “try it” sports: disc golf, geocaching and rowing.

Curling will be played in the fall from October 17 to 19.

Registration deadline is July 1.

MacLeod can be contacted at 902-755-2929 or by email at bob.regina@ns.sympatico.ca for more information.