Ontario 55+ Summer Games postponed

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Peterborough, ON - The Ontario 55+ Summer Games planned for August 2020 have been postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Province is asking the City of Peterborough to consider hosting the rescheduled Games next year.

Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries Lisa MacLeod announced the postponement in Peterborough on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The Province is investing $235,000 in the Ontario 55+ Summer Games.

The Ontario 55+ Summer Games was expected to draw 1,400 people from across Ontario to Peterborough for three days of competitions next month.

“While this postponement is disappointing for the community and participants, we need to continue to be vigilant against the spread of COVID-19. Health and well-being are the top priorities,” Mayor Diane Therrien said.

“We appreciate the Province’s desire to partner with Peterborough on rescheduling the Games in 2021. Once we emerge from the current situation, we’ll consider our ability to host this exciting provincial event.”

A report will go to City Council in the future for its consideration on hosting the 2021 Ontario 55+ Summer Games.

“Shopping, playing, eating and vacationing locally is more important than ever,” said Councillor Lesley Parnell, Chair of Council’s Arenas, Parks and Recreation Portfolio. “We are grateful for the provincial government’s offer to have Peterborough host the 55+ Summer Games along with some additional funding. Council will be receiving the report in September on this and I feel optimistic. This will be a great event for our City and region in 2021.”

In 2018 the City was awarded the opportunity to host the Games following a competitive selection process. Fleming College, Trent University, Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development, local Ontario Senior Games Association representatives and community volunteers participated alongside the City on the local organizing committee for the Games.

“Thank you to all the organizations, volunteers and staff who worked to bring these Games to Peterborough,” Therrien said. “I look forward to the time when we can once again bring together our community for large events and festivities – showcasing all that the Peterborough region has to offer.”

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For further information, members of the media are invited to contact the undersigned:
Brendan Wedley, Manager of Communication Services
City of Peterborough
705-742-7777 ext. 1636