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Senior games coming to Kamloops to check out venues before 2020 event

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In advance of the 2020 Canada 55+ Games, the Canadian Senior Games Association (CSGA) will be holding their annual general meeting in Kamloops.

The main goal of the meeting will be to assess the facilities for the 2020 games. Kamloops will be the first B.C. city to host the event, and it's estimated the games will bring 2,500 athletes to the city and generate $3 million in economic benefits.

“It’s a great chance for the CSGA technical directors to come and look at all the different fields and facilities that we have here in Kamloops and prepare us for the games in 2020,” games manager, Alex de Chantal, tells KamloopsMatters.

The tour will include 13 people: a director from each province, the CSGA technical director, the association’s past president and current CSGA president, Gordon Oates, from B.C.

Another goal for the meeting will be to review the strategic plan and preparation of the bid process for the 2022 games which will be decided next summer.

“It’s quite a large tour so it will probably take nine to 10 hours, we’re gonna be looking at about 28 different venues in town ranging from arenas to pools to slo-pitch facilities. It should be a great opportunity to showcase Kamloops to the Canadian Senior Games Association,” he says.

The planning process for next year’s event has gone well and the organization for the showcase is ahead of schedule.

“Can’t say we’ve had any challenges so far. We’re very lucky in Kamloops to have outstanding venues here for hosting multi-sport games like this. We’re just focusing on some logistics and getting the right people in the right positions on the planning committees,” de Chantal says.

The Kamloops committee, chaired by Kamloops Sports Council president Henry Pejril, will also meet the CGSA board.

“We are excited to be able to show off our excellent sport and event facilities as well as the work and preparation that has already gone into this event. Our host board of directors are very experienced and competent,” Perjril says in a press release.

“We are glad for the opportunity to show our progress.”

CGSA will be in Kamloops from Aug. 19 to 22.