Jean Lancaster once again returns home from the Games with gold. Both she and her husband Ken were medal winners at the 2012 Seniors’ Games in Burnaby this year

Seniors’ Games an inspiration

Ken Lancaster walked away, briskly, with a bronze medal in the Men 75-79 10 K Road Walk at the 2012 Seniors’ Games this year.

Ken Lancaster walked away, briskly, with a bronze medal in the Men 75-79 10 K Road Walk at the 2012 Seniors’ Games this year.

He was beaten to the ribbon in his category by Slocan’s Don Currie in a hurry. Currie also powered his way to a gold in the Men 75-79 5 K Power Walk.

Renown Nakusp athlete Jean Lancaster added two more medals to her collection, taking gold in the 5 K Power Walk and silver in the 10 K Road Race (Women 75-79).

“The family has a complete set,” quipped Jean about the medals she and her husband accumulated at the games during a conversation with the Arrow Lakes News.

The Lancasters are enthusiasts of both keeping fit and the experience of taking part in the Seniors’ Games itself.

“You see all these really amazing healthy people,” Jean said. “It’s very inspiring and we love it.”

I always hope people will be encouraged – older people – to get out and do stuff,” she added.

The couple drove to the Coast from Nakusp to meet old friends and make new ones as well as race.

“It’s a great social event. That’s the best part,” said Jean.

The Games are open to competitors 55 and older, but these days 55 seems very young, Jean agreed.

“The 65s are the new 55s,” she said, and commented that when the Seniors’ Games began 25 years ago “it was all rather different.”