Kelowna aiming to host 2019 B.C. 55+ Games

Games would see province's top senior sports men and women come to town to compete.

Kelowna council has decided it does want to host the province’s senior athletes – and it wants to do it in 2019.

City council approved a bid for the BC 55+ Games on Monday, and while the city could be awarded the games for 2017, 2018 or 2019, council made it clear its preference is 2019.

The application bid deadline is the end of June.

The city’s event development supervisor Mariko SIggers said 2019 would give the Kelowna more time to prepare, work with local sports groups and create excitement about the games.

2017 is considered too soon as the city is already planning a celebration tomark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. 2018 is the city’s second choice for when it wants to host the 55+ Games.

City staff also said the preference for when in 2019 to host the games is September, not August as Kelowna is traditionally much busier in summer months and accommodations could be harder to find here during August.

If Kelowna’s bid is successful, the games would cost the city about $115,000, say staff, with just over half being in-kind contributions covering the rental of city facilities.