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Willie Anseeuw, 64, is looking for more competition on the track at the upcoming Canada 55+ Games in Saint John, N.B.
The Oak Bluff resident is registered to compete in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000-metre mens’ races in the 60 to 64 years division.
This year’s event being held from Aug. 21 to 24 will mark the second time that Anseeuw took part in the national competition open to those aged 55 and up who qualify at their provincial games. While he ran in the same three events for in the Manitoba 55+ Games for the past few years — most recently in Glenboro, Man. last June — he will match his skills against those of other athletes from across Canada in New Brunswick.
He won second and third place medals in 2014 at the Canada Games in Strathmore, Alta., but said this year’s events will be tougher as he’s now at the top end of his age range.
"This year it’s more challenging," he said.
Anseeuw is combining his participation in the Canada Games with the chance to vacation in eastern Canada, however he said he looks forward to meeting his fellow athletes and enjoying some of the social events planned as part of the games.
Anseeuw is one of 88 Team Manitoba members heading to New Brunswick, with over 1,500 expected to take part in 24 sporting and recreational competitions.
The guiding mission statement of the games is to influence personal behaviour and social supports that encourage healthy, active living for older adults in Canada. Manitoba’s team manager, Lois Dudgeon of Morden, Man. states that fun, fitness and friendship is the slogan both the administration and participants live by. "Athletes come to the games to reconnect with old friends or to make new ones within the spirit of friendly competition."
For more information on the Canada 55+ Games, see http://canada55plus.ca
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