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Senior Games Facts  District32

Background about Windsor-Essex County Senior Games (District 32)

Did you know that local Senior Games……

  • began in 1982 when Centres for Seniors Windsor (now Life After Fifty) and the Windsor Department of Parks and Recreation, envisioned a program of organized sports for older adults in the Windsor area they called Senior Games. The idea was to allow those 55 and over an opportunity to enhance and maintain their physical and mental fitness.
  • is a 100% senior, volunteer driven initiative
  • is one of 41 Districts across the province and part of the Ontario Senior Games Association (OSGA)
  • since 1982 has held, on average, 24-28 mentally and physically challenging Winter and Summer events including: tennis, 9, 18 hole and par 3 golf, lawn bowling, carpet bowling, 5- and 10-pin bowling, swimming, horseshoes,pickleball, darts, snooker and 8 ball, shuffleboard, walk, bridge, euchre and pepper
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  • held their first ever Winter Senior Games in 1999- 2000, adding hockey, curling, volleyball, skating, cross-country skiing, and badminton to the list of events
  • fundraise all dollars required to operate the games through donations from local businesses, service and labour organizations and contributions from seniors who register for the games
  • in 1998, assisted the City of Windsor Parks and Recreation Department to host the provincial Actifest Summer Games, bringing more than 1,400 people from across the province to Windsor for 3 days of competition and camaraderie
  • in Aug. 2005, successfully hosted the Southwest Regional Senior Games event involving more than 650 participants, and volunteers to participate in 15 different tournaments in one day.
  • in Aug. 2014, assisted with the co-hosting of the Windsor-Amherstburg 55+ Summer Senior Games celebrates our 35th Anniversary Year for the District 32 Senior Games in 2016-2017season.

Purpose

  • To organize an annual recreational and sports event for the 55 plus generation in Windsor and Essex CountyHockey Players
  • To bring together amateur competitors who participate for the sheer joy of competition, and for the camaraderie and social interaction that are an integral and essential part of the Games.
  • To connect seniors to other local year-round activities with the focus of enhancing and maintaining physical and mental well-being
  • To promote friendship, fellowship and mutual understanding among older adults, and the rest of the community
  • To provide local winners with the opportunity to participate in the biennial provincial games – Actifest (during the summer of the even years) and Winterfest (during the winter of the odd years)

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At the Provincial Level

Ontario Senior Games

  • is a provincial senior, volunteer driven initiative based in Toronto
  • coordinates and oversees the Senior Games initiative involving more than 20,000 seniors in 40 Districts across the province
  • was initially established as the Ontario Senior Games Committee of the Older Adult Centres Association of Ontario in March of 1984 to develop a format for district competition and a plan for Ontario Senior Games Provincial Championships
  • has worked with host cities on a biennial basis since 1986 to put on the provincial levels of competition known as Ontario 55+ Games in the summer of even numbered years and, since 2000, in the winter of odd numbered years
  • supports the Canada Senior Games by sending competitors from Ontario to the Canada Games in the summer of the even years.
  • receives core funding from The Ministry of Tourism and Recreation

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