55 Plus B.C. Games: Grey Power

It’s no secret that I love photography! Subjects I like vary but usually they centre on landscapes, the natural world and of course sporting activities involving my grand children. When at the coast I love wandering about fishing wharves like the Government wharf in French Creek or Fishermans’ Wharf in Victoria.

Community events are also a source of photographic inspiration for me. I think it’s the passion and drive of the individual participants that attracts me to these activities.

Many times I have photographed the Kelowna Apple Triathlon, the Pickleball Nationals, the Sikh Viasakhi festival, the Antique Power Club’s celebration of steam power and the Vernon Winter Carnival. They are close to home. Farther afield the Gourd Festival in Casa Grande, Arizona and this year’s Northwest Deuces festival in Victoria have been lots of fun to visit.

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Last week, I served as a volunteer photographer for the 55 Plus B.C. Games. It was a fantastic event. The participants and most of the volunteers were seniors. Their skill level, drive and determination in their chosen sport or activity was incredible. It was such an inspiring atmosphere.

I chose to photograph ice hockey and pickleball both of which I had a lot of experience. And I also photographed tennis, bocce, archery, track and field and table tennis. Certainly, age has slowed the participants but their high skill level, passion and determination was impressive.

On Thursday afternoon, after leaving the tennis courts, I decided to see what was going on at the Apple Bowl. A heat of the 100 yard dash was just about to start.

The starting gun cracked and a group of runners surged down the track. They were fast! Even the runner in last place was no slouch. I was stunned. How in the world could a group of seniors run with such ease?

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The 55 Plus B.C. Games were a wonderful display of ‘grey power’. Yes, bodies were a bit rumpled and a step slower but the desire to compete and perform well was very evident. Evident also, was the power of friendship and camaraderie. What a fabulous environment to be involved in and to photograph!

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  1. Sheryl Korsch September 22, 2019 at 9:26 am #

    Your blog was Very Interesting and told about your Personal Likes in Photography! 🙂 The ‘Grey Power’ was a great term! Thank You for reminding us of the positive effects of the grey power participants! 🙂

    • Stu Dale September 22, 2019 at 12:52 pm #

      Thanks Sheryl! I think the ‘grey power’ athletes are so inspiring. It is fun to capture with my camera their enthusiasm and dedication.

  2. Ron Mullins September 22, 2019 at 11:23 am #

    Another good article Stu. As you know, I volunteered as well and was very surprised at the abundance of enthusiasm. One of the participants that stood out to me was the 92 year old lady who was competing in the 200 metre sprint…. no she didn’t win…but that didn’t matter. I was very impressed. Then as I was going through a series of photographs, I found a pic of this same lady competing in the long jump! Outstanding! It was a great event and very inspiring.

    • Stu Dale September 22, 2019 at 12:50 pm #

      Thanks for commenting Ron! I didn’t see the lady you mention but certainly some of the athletes I did see were long in the tooth. Yes, very inspiring.

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