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Langley Closes Biggest BC Senior Games, And The Last One

Langley played host to the last BC Senior Games.

“We are the final BC Seniors Games,” said Langley Games president Milt Kruger.

Fort Langley-Aldergrove MLA Rich Coleman used the Langley Games closing ceremony Saturday as a chance to unveil a big change and joked that if 60 is the new 40, he’ll have to wait a few years before he can compete in the games.

They’ve been rebranded as the 55+ BC Games to better reflect the changing society that sees people living longer and healthier, and more active, lives.

Kruger praised all those who helped with the games, particularly Michael Jackstein who “kind of puts on games in his sleep.” This was Jackstein’s third set of games.

These were the largest games so far, attracting about 4,000 competitors.

Township Mayor Jack Froese said he had the privilege of bestowing a gold medal on a nonagenarian.

“The lesson there is to live long enough so you can win a gold medal in something,” he quipped.

In closing, emcee Jim McGregor quote Shakespeare’s line about all the world is a stage, including the often overlooked portion “And one man in his time plays many parts”.

“You have all played your parts so well,” he said.

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