The 10th edition of the Ontario 55+ Winter Games was hosted by the Town of Huntsville in March 2019 in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Ontario Senior Games Association.
More than 800 participants from Muskoka and Haliburton competed in the Games—which are intended to promote health, active aging—in 10 different sports and activities: badminton, 10-pin bowling, curling, duplicate bridge, alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, ice hockey, prediction skating, table tennis and volleyball.
The Games established a legacy fund of $82,076 which will be used for the development and expansion of senior-focused activities in Huntsville and will be administered by the 2019 Ontario 55+ Winter Games Legacy Fund Working Group.
About half of the funds will be set aside for providers of recreation and leisure activity programs for adults 55 and up that build community capacity in Muskoka. The other half will be allocated to the Town of Huntsville community services department’s seniors’ recreation division to enhance existing initiatives and provide new programming.
Local sport, recreation, and senior program providers are encouraged to apply for funding if their objectives meet the following goals:
1. Continue the development and expansion of senior-focused activities in the Huntsville area;
2. Ensure that a cross-representation of sports and activities benefit from the legacy; and
3. Increase contribution and enhanced participation by those 55-plus throughout the community.
The working group will select the successful applicants.
“The plan will ensure that a cross-representation of sports and activities benefit from the legacy and that increased contribution and enhanced participation throughout the community is the focus,” said Games Organizing Committee chair Fran Coleman.
The application form asks about the organization and the seniors they serve, details about the proposed project and how it will help fulfill the legacy fund’s goals, and the amount of money the organization is requesting. Successful applicants will be required to submit a follow-up report to the working group.
Applications will be accepted until August 3, 2020. To apply click here: Huntsville.ca/ON55WinterGamesLegacyFundApplication
The Games Organizing Committee thanks the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries for its support.
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