Harriston will become an “Olympic Village” for the day, when the Minto Retirees Activity Group hosts their first Seniors Olympics on Thursday, June 10.
The retirees group was formed four years ago to provide activities and events for seniors in Clifford, Palmerston, Harriston and Minto Township.
Parks and Recreation Director David Stonely said the municipality had been struggling to provide activities for seniors in all four former communities that make up the Town of Minto. The formation of the retirees group, which contains representation from each of the former municipalities, “has worked out extremely well,” he said. The group has organized bus trips and other events to provide social outlets for local seniors.
While brainstorming for new ways to bring seniors together, the group hit upon the idea of a local “Olympics” which would serve the dual purpose of providing activities and showcasing local facilities and programs for seniors.
“The idea is to try and get seniors out to try some of the events and programs. It not only helps the seniors, but also the groups putting on the activities,” said Ross Wilkie, of the retirees group.
While the first Seniors’ Olympics Day will be held in Harriston, the group plans to make it an annual event, with all the Minto communities taking turns playing host.
Events on schedule for the first Olympics include euchre, pool, shuffleboard, cribbage, crokinole, lawn bowling, darts, bridge, pepper and a trail walk.
Participants are encouraged to register for one event in the morning and another in the afternoon. Activities for which mobility isn’t an issue are scheduled for both sessions. The event will be based out of the Harriston Legion Branch’s Maple Leaf Room, but activities will be held at various facilities around town. A wheelchair accessible mobility bus, provided by the Seniors Centre For Excellence, will be available to provide transportation between locations.
In addition to the Seniors Centre for Excellence, the event has also received organizational and financial support from in motion and Town of Minto.
The day will begin at 9 a.m., with coffee and fellowship at the Harriston Legion. Pre-registration is required by May 31 and the $15 registration cost includes lunch. Registration forms may be obtained by calling one of the following committee members: Ross Wilkie (519-338-3707), Jim Connell (519 343-3293), Ruth Wilson, (519-343-4842), Lyle Murray
(519-327-8650).