The City of Brantford and County of Brant’s Economic Development and Tourism Departments are pleased to announce that the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport have short-listed the joint bid for the opportunity to host the 2021 Ontario 55+ Winter Games.
After receiving approval of both Councils to jointly bid on the 2021 Games, staff from both tourism departments worked together to complete the bid document. On Thursday, December 13, staff received the news from officials of Games Ontario it had successfully advanced to the next phase in the host community selection process.
The next step involves hosting a site tour of City and County facilities to be used in the Games. The Site Review Committee (SRC) is made up of officials from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Games Ontario program as well as members from the Ontario Senior Games Association. They will be conducting their tour in early January.
Fresh off the spectacular success of the 2017 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games, co-hosted by the City of Brantford and the County of Brant, hopes are high for a successful return to hosting high caliber province-wide sporting events. “From Council support and leadership to staff collaboration to the enormous outpouring of volunteer participation, the City and County came together to produce arguably the best ParaSport Games at a provincial level ever. We know we can do it again for the 55+ Games, especially now that the World Health Organization has designated Brantford as an “Age Friendly City,” said Donna Clements, Games Co-Chair and Tourism Brantford Business Development Officer.
Sports included in the 2021 Games are: Alpine & Nordic Skiing, Badminton, Curling, Duplicate Bridge, Ice Hockey, Prediction Skating, Table Tennis, Ten Pin Bowling and Volleyball.
The Ontario 55+ Games is a celebration of active living that is hosted every year (alternating between winter and summer) for individuals in Ontario who are 55 years of age and older and engages over 1,000 participants. Other communities that have hosted the Games include Sarnia, Kingston, Huntsville, Mississauga, Cobourg, and Brampton. County of Brant Tourism Supervisor, Russell Press, would like to see the County and City added to that list. “Both our communities are doing great things that speak to healthy living and progressive lifestyles,” said Press. “As co-hosts for these games, we will have an enormous opportunity to showcase our communities to the thousands that will participate from across the province.”
The winning bid and chosen host community will be announced late February to mid-March.
For more information, please contact Donna Clements, Tourism Business Development Officer/Games Organizing Committee Co-Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or Russell J. Press, Supervisor of Tourism and Special Events/Games Organizing Committee Co-Chair at email@example.com