Games bring camaraderie with athletes

The 2011 BC Senior Games in Castlegar, Trail and Nelson kicked off on Tuesday with 162 athletes from the south Okanagan.

The 2011 BC Senior Games in Castlegar, Trail and Nelson kicked off on Tuesday with 162 athletes from the south Okanagan.

Of the 162 from Penticton, Summerland, Okanagan Falls, Keremeos, Naramata, Oliver, Osoyoos and Princeton, 68 are from Penticton. Gary Fawcett, Penticton Area Rep for the Games, said there isn’t pressure of high expectations on the athletes.

“A lot of the people that go to these Games, some have been going for 20 years. There is a lot of camaraderie amongst the people,” he said. “There is that competitive edge. They go out there to win of course and to do their best.”

Fawcett is part of the group that has submitted a bid for Penticton to host the Games in 2012.