The Rio Olympics may have come and gone but there’s another sporting event happening right here in Vancouver.
Thousands of athletes have descended into the city for the inaugural Americas Masters Games.
“They’ll be rugby, badminton, tennis and squash just to name some.”
Five thousand former athletes and Olympians from over 50 countries will be competing in 22 events all around the city.
Five-time Olympian Charmaine Crooks says there even a couple people in the “Over 100” age category.
“There’s a woman and she’s a 100-year-old sprinter, I think she took it up in her late 80’s, and that’s a real inspiration. She’s going to be running on Monday at UBC, but her son who is 78-years-old is also running.”
But not everyone can compete, it’s called masters for a reason, you have to be 30 or older.
Like the Olympics, the event comes complete with nightly celebrations and events.
While events are already underway, an opening ceremony will take place tonight at 6, including lighting of the Olympic Cauldron.