August 12, 2013 - 11:48 AM
KAMLOOPS - With just over a week to go before B.C. seniors take the spotlight, the B.C. Seniors Games are looking for more volunteers to aid the event.
"We've had a good response," said promotions director Jennifer Cook. "There's just a few specific areas."
About 1,100 volunteers have signed up to date for the annual event running Aug. 20 to 24 this year in Kamloops. The competition promotes healthy living and showcases the talents of British Columbians aged 55 plus in the spirit of competition.
Around 200 more people are needed for volunteer duties including hosting, food service, sporting events, parking, photography and more. Cook says medical services volunteers are the priority.
"That's always a tough one," she said.
They're looking for those with first-aid certification interested in lending some time and taking in the Games. In general, they hope people can volunteer about 12 hours to the event, however with time winding down — they're not so picky.
"At this point we're fairly flexible with what people can offer us," she said.
Meanwhile, the venues are being prepared, current volunteers are being certified and ceremony festivities are falling into place.
"We're certain that we'll be ready to go in all areas," she added.
Opening ceremonies take place Aug. 21 at the Tournament Capital Centre beginning at 7 p.m. and feature a parade of athletes, speakers and presentations, entertainment, a 'surprise celebrity' and the lighting of the cauldron.
Over 3,700 athletes and participants will be welcomed to Kamloops with representatives from each of the 12 geographical zones throughout the province.
Cook encourages the public to take part in the celebration.
"It's the kick-off to the games," Cook said. "It's quite impressive to see all of the different groups coming into the building and representing their area."
Volunteers can find out more by calling 250-828-3823, visiting the office at 262 Lorne Street or dropping in online.
"There's something almost anyone can jump in and do," Cook said.
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