Update: Vancouver Masters Games possible in 2016, but not 2014
Don’t book your flights to Vancouver just yet. An exchange of email reveals that proponents of a British Columbia masters games are targeting 2016, not 2014, as reported earlier. Herb Phillips, a record-setting 1500-meter man in his 70s, posted a comment to that effect. Herb also wrote me privately: “Although I haven’t had it confirmed by Charmaine Crooks, Walt Judas at Tourism Vancouver saysВ The Americas Masters Games Vancouver 2014 is now 2016. Burnaby lake (where I do most of my running) had said they were hosting the rowing for the Masters Games in August. Apparently they didn’t all get the memo. … A lot of information out there needs to be updated but I’m solidly behind the 2016 plan.” Earlier, I got this note from Brian McCalder, president/CEO of BC Athletics: “While we have not heard anything since 2012 and recently in 2013, … BC Athletics and the BC Athletics Masters Committee were aware of the proposal by the City of Vancouver, PAVCO (BC Pavilion Corporation) and Tourism Vancouver. Charmaine Crooks (five-time Canadian T&F Olympian) was/is the spokesperson for this initiative.” My thanks to all for staying in touch.