Nova Scotia

55+ Games close in Cape Breton

More than 1,500 people from across the country celebrated the 2012 Canada 55+ Games in Cape Breton this weekend. The tournament is held every two years.

Closing ceremonies to include Rita MacNeil and Men of the Deeps

The 55+ games close tonight in Cape Breton. (2012 Canada 55+ games Facebook page)

More than 1,500 people from across the country celebrated the 2012 Canada 55+ Games in Cape Breton this weekend. The tournament is held every two years.

The closing ceremony was last night with an estimated 800 people in attendance.

Athletes from across Canada competed in 23 events, including bocce ball, ice hockey, track and field and swimming.

Fran Irvine, 65, and her husband, of Lethbridge, Alberta, both participated in the 8-Ball pool competition. Fran won the gold medal.

She said active living is important to her.

"As you get older you have to look for different things to do and we like to find something that we both can do together," she said.

Her husband taught her to play. "We have a pool table at home and he's an excellent pool player so I had a good teacher," she said.

Pete Nordland, president of the games association, said Cape Bretoners added their own special flavour to this year's events. "The participants are really agog you might say with the hospitality," he said.

"Not only the organizers, but just the people on the street who really have nothing to do with the games, but they'll say, 'How are you boy?' and away you go."

The sharing of Cape Breton culture continued at the closing ceremonies with performances from Rita MacNeil and the Men of the Deeps.

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