New snooker table for Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre part of 2015 Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games legacy

The 2015 Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games Society, along with the Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre, will be showcasing a new snooker table made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta.

The snooker table, delivered and set up in time for the Games kickoff on Feb. 18, was funded by a Community Priorities grant of $10,000. Representatives from the 2015 Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games Society, Nord-Bridge Seniors Centre, Community Foundation and local snooker players celebrated the opening on Feb. 13.

Castle Mountain closure forces cancellation of Alpine Skiing for 55 Plus Winter Games

Mild conditions continue to affect the 2015 Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games. Alpine skiing will be cancelled due to the closure of the event venue, Castle Mountain Resort.

According to the resort’s website, Castle Mountain sees an average winter snowfall of 910 cm. To date the resort has only received 264 cm.

“The process for the event cancellation will be the same as the earlier cross country skiing cancellation,” says Games Chair Lea Switzer. “Alpine skiing participants will be contacted and their registration fees will be returned.”

Despite the cancellations of alpine and cross country skiing, Switzer says this shouldn’t dampen the spirit of the rest of the Games.

“Lethbridge has embraced the Games through support and volunteerism, we have some amazing events planned for all residents to attend and of course the competition in the remaining 12 events is what really brings us all together.”

Highlights from the ATCO Gas All-Ages Torch Relay

Three and four generational groups and families who symbolize how an active lifestyle can warm your heart physically and emotionally, kicked off the spirit of the Games by carrying the torch flame in a ceremonial relay Wednesday afternoon at the University of Lethbridge indoor track.

Mayor Chris Spearman started the ceremony with the lighting of the torch from the cauldron and circled the track with his family. Families of all shapes and sizes followed and their favourite activities ranged from bowling to skiing to hiking in the coulees. Please join us in celebrating our official torch bearers byreading their bios.

Wednesday’s torch bearers will honoured at the cauldron lighting ceremony at the Games Opening Ceremony on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at ENMAX Centre. Special guest cauldron lighters include George Gemer, national track and field coach; Jim Staecy, two-time Olympian and Taylor McDonald, World Junior Champion curler. Admission is free to the opening ceremonies.

Participant registration and opening ceremonies

Over 1100 athletes made their way to Lethbridge ENMAX Centre for participant registration and the ATCO Gas opening ceremony. The ceremonies featured entertainment by Maria Livingston and the North Stone Singers, Lethbridge Community Taiko Drum Group, Canadian Rocky Mountain Cloggers and John Wort Hannam.

Emcee Liam Nixon of Global Lethbridge pumped up the audience and greetings from the Lea Switzer, Games Chair; Keith Carter, ATCO Gas Senior VP of Operations; Chris Spearman, City of Lethbridge Mayor; and Greg Weadick Lethbridge West MLA were extended to all participants and volunteers.

The ATCO Gas cauldron was lit by George Gemer, national track and field coach and Alberta sports Hall of Fame inductee; Jim Staecy, two-time Olympian; and Taylor McDonald, 2014 World Junior Champion Curler.

Games Photography

Games photography has been provided by the Lethbridge Photography Club and are available for viewing and download on their special Games photography website free of charge.