CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award

CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award

We are very pleased to advise you that the 2018 Games in Saint John have been selected as a finalist for the CSTA Sport event of the Year Award for Canada and Barb Curry the co-chair of the Games has been nominated as a finalist in the Volunteer of the Year Award category.  CSTA (Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance) is the umbrella organization for the sport tourism industry and this will be the 13th year these awards have been presented.  The actual selection will be announced at their annual Sport Events Congress to be held in Ottawa on March 20th.

Please join me in congratulating both  the 2018 Canada 55+ Games Host Committee and their Co-chair Barb Curry.  The finalists in both categories are as follows:

CSTA Canadian Sport Event of the Year Award (Group B: budget less than $1 million) presented by Québec Destination affaires

  • 2018 Canada 55+ Games, (Saint John, N.B.)
  • 2018 WBSC Junior Men’s Softball World Championship, (Prince Albert, Sask.)
  • Curl 4 Canada 2018, (Leduc, Alberta)

CSTA Sport Event Volunteer of the Year Award presented by Edmonton Events

  • Barb Curry, Volunteer Co-Chair, 2018 Canada 55+ Games, (Saint John, N.B.)
  • Bernadette McIntyre; 2018 Tim Hortons Brier; 2018 CP Women’s Open; 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup,  (Regina, Sask.)
  • Jen Stark, Head of Junior Volunteers, Head of Game Scores and Spirit Scores Reporting, WFDF 2018 World Masters Ultimate Club Championships, (Winnipeg, Man.)
Kamloops Set To Host 2020 Games

Kamloops Set To Host 2020 Games

Seen from left to right are Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian, Kamloops 2020 Board Chair Henry Pejril, CSGA President Gordon Oates and CSGA Coordinator John Gregory at the October 16, 2018 meeting to officially hand over the 2020 Canada 55+ Games Flag to the City of Kamloops.

READ MORE of this article here.

Appointment of B.C. 55+ Represenative

Appointment of B.C. 55+ Represenative

It is my pleasure to announce that the 55+ BC Games Board of Directors at their meeting on September 12, 2018 appointed Linda Meise as their representative to the Canadian Senior Games Association as their representative effective immediately.

Linda Meise can be contacted at 250-963-7427 or reached at her e-mail address of

John, can you make the necessary changes to the website for this item.

Gordon Oates
Canadian Senior Games Association

Team Manitoba Goes For Gold

Team Manitoba Goes For Gold

Read the article by Lois Dudgeon about Team Manitoba returning from the 2016 Canada 55+ Games in Brampton, Ontario…

Masters level athlete took her passion to the worlds

Masters level athlete took her passion to the worlds

ka-a00-19082017-triathilon.jpgCoach Shannon Read, left, and Masters level athlete Anne Murray cool off in Murray’s New Minas pool one sunny day recently.
 Masters level athlete Anne Murray took her passion to the worlds
Murray shows her excitement while at the World Masters Games in Aukland, New Zealand this past April.

Competing in the sprinting component of track and field, she reached the finals, placing fourth in the 200-metre sprint and sixth in the 100-metre run.
“I have received over 30 medals over the last six years in my age group,” she said, which is women aged 60 – 65.
Her personal experience started with the 55+ games back in 2011 when they were held in the Valley.
“That got me hooked,” Murray laughs, “because none of us hurt.”
Winning five silver medals and full of convert’s enthusiasm, the Kingstec faculty member went on to compete in three provincial games.
Murray qualified for nationals, which were held in Cape Breton in 2012, Alberta in 2014 and Brampton, Ont. in 2016. Along the way she met fellow Masters level athletes from Nova Scotia, like Llew Chase and Alice Patrick, and two Cape Breton athletes, Georgie Gill and Colleen McEachern, who all inspired her.
“Some of them have won national records,” she noted of individual athletes who have become friends.
At the age of 63, she attributes her success to her coach, Shannon Read, “who encouraged me to enter the provincials in 2011 saying most women my age are injured.”
The two met in 2010 when Read was recreation director in Wolfville. A National Coaching Certification Program-qualified coach, she wanted to encourage more triathlon participants by starting a club.
Hoping to reduce her blood pressure, Murray saw the sport as a means to get healthier in a supportive atmosphere.
At the age of 58 she took part in her first Just for Fun Triathlon. She found the wide range of ages, abilities and the social atmosphere attractive.
Furthermore after six months with the club, her blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and resting pulse were all lower. She has adopted the three disciplines of the sport – swimming, biking and running. Running is where Murray acknowledges she is most comfortable. She looks back on her early teenage years when she ran hard in track and field. Biking was the new sport she added. Her preference is to take each aspect of triathlon separately.
Last year Murray hired Read as a trainer before she set out for nationals and worlds.
“She completely changed my swimming. I believe I would not have done as well without her knowledgeable workouts and scheduling of pre event training to peak during the competition.”
Murray is grateful that she has been able to have incredible experiences in training and participating in these events.
“In New Zealand I witnessed ex-Olympians and Commonwealth athletes and watched a 101-year-old woman complete a 100-metre race (needless to say she did not have much competition).”
Murray is currently on the board of the NS 55+ Games, which are going to be held Sept. 14-16 in Lunenburg County. She says the web site has a lot of information about the variety of events that one over 55 can participate in for “fun, fitness and friendship.”

Did you know?
Read, who is 57, is training for the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Multisport World Championship Festival in Penticton, B.C. this coming week. It runs until Aug. 27 and the massive 10-day celebration will see athletes from all over the world vying for four different multisport titles. They include: duathilon, long distance triathlon, aquathon and cross triathlon.
Read firmly believes that training is important as we get older, especially in terms of balance, strength and range of motion.
“I think it’s really exciting if you can manage the stiffness of aging,” she says.
Read thinks the multisport model helps. That’s why she is involved with the Blomidon Multisport Club locally.
Swimming and biking at Aylesford Lake works well for training, she noted, now that the road is paved. Lifeguards being on duty are another advantage, Read adds.

Published on August 19, 2017 in the Kings Country Register/Advertiser ©Wendy Elliott
BBB Warning of Top 10 Seniors Scams

BBB Warning of Top 10 Seniors Scams

SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 – CALGARY, ALBERTA – September 10 was National Grandparents Day and while Canadians are taking time to recognize and celebrate senior citizens for their family and community contributions, BBB says it’s also a time to protect seniors. With seniors often being the target of scammers, BBB is educating the elderly about how to avoid potential pitfalls of too-good-to-be-true deals.

“Better Business Bureau is proud to pay tribute to seniors, and thank them for the valuable contributions they continue to make in our families, workplaces and communities,” says Mary O’Sullivan-Andersen, president and CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay. “National Grandparents Day is an opportunity to remind seniors that BBB is a voice of trust in a sometimes dishonest marketplace, and we are here to educate seniors as well as people of all ages about common scams.”

BBB presents the Top 10 Seniors Scams and how savvy seniors can avoid them:

Scam Scam Description How to avoid it
1.    Grandparent Scammers pretending to be grandchildren contact seniors claiming to be in trouble and in need of immediate financial assistance. Check with family to ensure your grandchildren are safe. Never wire money to someone until you’ve confirmed their identity.
2.   Funeral Unscrupulous funeral home owners will take advantage of people in their time of grief and vastly overcharge for caskets, services or unnecessary items while the victim is vulnerable. Plan and pay for your funeral in advance – but do your research and bring a friend with you.
3.   Bereavement Scammers scour the obituaries and contact victims who recently lost a loved-one claiming the deceased had unpaid bills or debts that must be paid right away. Arrange to have a trusted family member or friend handle all financial matters in the days following the loss of a loved one.
4.  Sweetheart While romancing the victim and earning their trust, the scammer may gain access to personal and financial information. When the scam is over, the victim is left broke and broken-hearted. Keep your personal and financial documents locked at home in a safe place – do not carry them with you and do not share them with anyone. Avoid making rash, emotional decisions.
5.   Affinity fraud Fraudsters use groups of friends, colleagues, religious groups, ethnic groups or other people who inherently trust one another to build support for the next “great investment.” This investment turns out to be a fraud and leaves a trail of broken relationships and bank accounts behind. Never accept a verbal agreement and never sign a document before reading it carefully.
6.  Door-to-door/telemarketer Aggressive sales people use high-pressure sales tactics to intimidate seniors into buying things they don’t need. If you’re at the door or on the phone with a high-pressure sales person and you’re uncomfortable – hang up or close the door. If you feel threatened, call the police.
7.   Fly-by-night contractor The scammer approaches the homeowner saying they noticed their roof (or some other feature) needs repair and that, since they’re in the area, they can give the homeowner a great deal if they give a deposit today. After taking the deposit, the scammer disappears along with the homeowner’s money. When hiring a contractor to work on your home, get three written estimates, check references and research your rights regarding contracts and cooling-off periods.
8.   Inheritance scam A fraudster contacts victims out of the blue posing as a lawyer, banker or official to announce they are the beneficiary of a wealthy distant relative who has died overseas. There is a fee to claim the large inheritance. Once the victim wires the fee, the scammer disappears. Check with family and relatives to confirm that a loved one has in fact passed and left an inheritance. Also check with your own lawyer before proceeding.
9.  Employment scam Victims find a too-good-to-be-true opportunity to make thousands of dollars working from home. The scammer then instructs the new employee to send money up-front for supplies, admin fees, etc. and then disappears leaving the victim with no job and a thinner wallet. If you receive an unsolicited phone call, ask for a number to call them back and confirm they are who they say they are before returning the call. Ask a trusted friend, loved one or contact BBB to help you research the company and the job offer.
10.Charity scam Often in the wake of a catastrophe like a hurricane, flood or terrorist act, scammers will set up “relief funds” to help survivors and solicit donations from victims. The gift goes right into the scammer’s pocket and both the victims of the scam and of the catastrophe have lost their money. Ensure your donations go only to recognized charities registered with Revenue Canada.

For more tips you can trust, visit