By Karlene Skretting
Westwind Weekly News
Time is ticking down if you want to participate in the 2015 Southern Alberta Summer Games.
“It is a grass roots event and I think it really brings communities and families together,” said Braden Simpson, County of Warner SASG regional director, about the goal of the SASG.
With it being an all ages event, with participants often ranging from six to 80, Simpson pointed out the Games aren’t just about the parents going to support the kids, but the kid might be going to support their parent or grandparent. Often a whole family will choose to participate and all support one another in their respective events, he added.
Running from July 8-11 in Claresholm this year, both the County of Warner and Cardston County have had a strong participation history in recent years with both aggregate points and high medal counts.
Last year 160 athletes represented the County of Warner where there has been a growing trend of interest over the years he noted. Traditionally the County excels at equestrian events and soccer.
The SASG are slightly less popular in the Cardston County with 120 representing the area last year.
Simpson is encouraging people to sign up and participate in the 45th anniversary event. At 21, he has signed up himself and will be participating in his first SASG this year in badminton and photography, amongst other events.
“My family has done it a lot, so I was already excited about it, but I am happy to actually participate myself this time.”
A new addition to this year’s Southern Alberta Summer Games is darts. And along with the normal five-kilometre and 10-kilometre runs, there is a shorter 2.5-kilometre
distance this time around as well.
There are opportunities for youth and adults alike to participate in events outside of common school sports in events like archery, cribbage, equestrian photography and cycling.
The SASG also includes popular events like basketball, track and field athletics and swimming.
People can check out the various events that are available at the Southern Alberta Summer Games by going to http://www.southernalbertasummergames.com.
At the top left of the Web site is the link for regional registration for the County of Warner and Cardston County where a printable registration form is available online, and has to be completed and dropped off at the Town of Raymond office or the Cardston County office respectively. Cardston County residents can also drop off completed forms at the Magrath Town Office.
The registration fee for the County of Warner is $25 and includes a t-shirt and a variety of coupons from Claresholm businesses to use during the games. The deadline is June 1.
For more information on the Southern Alberta Summer Games you can call Braden Simpson at 403-593-9320 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cardston County registration fee is $15 and includes a t-shirt. The deadline to submit forms and payment is June 4.
Gregory Burt is the contact for the Cardston County area and can be reached at email@example.com to address concerns or help with forms.