Helena Adamczyk to coordinate Hamilton Senior Games Actifest 2006

Helena Adamczyk has been appointed the volunteer/active living coordinator for Hamilton’s Senior Games Actifest 2006.

The provincial competitions will involve 1,500 participants in the 55+ age bracket for Actifest 2006 from Aug. 14-16. The three-day affair will feature 15 events and 1 demonstration sport.

Helena is no stranger to the volunteer scene. She was the festival coordinator with the Festival of Hearts, a City of Hamilton initiative through the Public Health Department. She has worked as the special events assistant at the Royal Botanical Gardens; she was publicist for Waterdown Little Theatre; and has also worked in the Fanshawe College Athletic Department.

Helena graduated from Fanshawe’s Recreation Leadership Program and is currently enrolled in the Special Events Program at Mohawk College. An energetic and positive individual with creative flair, Helena will fit well with the responsibilities associated with the Volunteer/Active Living Coordinator. She’s an athletic individual herself, with a keen interest in sports and recreation and her children have followed her lead, excelling in both sports and academics.

With the games just two months away, the organizing committee has adopted the slogan, “Seniors on the Move” and are encouraging participants to stay active to help reduce the risk of the illness and injury that can affect adults as they enter their senior years. Studies have revealed that no factor contributed as much to life satisfaction and social integration of older adults as leisure participation. Competitions will be in carpet bowling, golf, contract bridge, lawn bowling, tennis, cribbage, horseshoes, 5-pin bowling, swimming, bid euchre, shuffleboard, bocce, walking, euchre, and darts.

Basketball Shootout is this year’s demonstration sport. Forty districts throughout Ontario will be represented at the Games and participants are chosen through a series of regional qualification events. Winners from the district qualifiers are offered the opportunity to compete against their provincial counterparts to determine provincial champions.

The Games are returning to Hamilton where they were held in 1992.