Local athletes win medals at 55-Plus Games

Bocce was played at Jaycee Park. The grass was cut short and athletes commended staff on preparing a perfect pitch for the event. A team from Zone 4 won gold medals.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Several local participants won medals at the Alberta 55-Plus Fall Games in High Prairie on Sept. 14-16.

Robert and Janet Lemay collected a gold medal in doubles cribbage in the 55-plus open category.

It’s great to win and it was totally unexpected,” Robert says.

We didn’t have a good day on the first day.”

They finished the competition with eight wins and five losses.

Zones 2 and 5 recorded seven wins and six losses to capture silver and bronze.

We won all three of our games on Saturday, we got the right hands,” Janet says.

It’s all in the cards.”

Winning at the provincial games wasn’t new for her. She won silver in singles cribbage at the games in 2015 in Strathmore.

A High Prairie team claimed a silver medal in the floor curling in the 55-plus open category.

The team of skip Alicemary Olansky, third Robert Goulet, second Polly Stafford and lead Annie Blackhurst recorded three wins and two losses.

They were all awesome teams we played,” Olansky says.

We had good games and it was nice to play at home.”

For most of the team, second place was a repeat result.

It’s the second time we won silver,” Olansky says.

Stafford, Blackhurst and Olansky won silver in 2009 in Airdrie with teammate Vicky Mazurek.

This was my first medal in the 55-Plus Games,” Goulet says.

Two local dart players also won medals.

Wendell Ebbett won silver in 70-plus men and Evelyn Lesiuk won bronze in 55-plus women.

I’m happy I won a medal and an opportunity to go to the national games in New Brunswick next summer,” says Ebbett, who hails from that province.

All medalists at the Alberta games qualify for the 2018 Canada 55-Plus Games in Saint John, N.B. from Aug. 21-24.

Last year, Lesiuk won two bronze medals in mixed doubles and women’s doubles.

Ebbett won bronze in men’s doubles and mixed doubles.

Janet Lemay, left, and husband Robert Lemay, of High Prairie, won the gold medal in doubles cribbage in the 70-plus open category.

Floor shuffleboard was played at the curling rink. Dan Stuehrenberg, of Cochrane [Zone 2], takes his turn sitting in his wheelchair as Linda Traquair, of Drumheller [Zone 2] observes.
Left-right, are Don Janczyn, of Chestermere [Zone 2], Reg Wright, of Rimbey [Zone 4], Marilyn Conrad, of Chestermere [Zone 2], and Valrie Steinhauer, of Rimbey [Zone 4], playing military whist.
Euchre was played at the High Prairie Municipal Library. Left-right, are Paul Dietrich, of Halkirk [Zone 4], Linda Frank, of Edmonton [Zone 6], Barry MacMillan, of Rimbey [Zone 4], and John Frank, of Edmonton [Zone 6].
Duplicate bridge was contested in the Gordon Buchanan Recreation Centre. Left-right, are Karen Binns, of Strathmore [Zone 2], Norma Fahl, of Hinton [Zone 5], Joss Binns, of Strathmore, and Lorna Plummer of Hinton [Zone 5].
Doubles cribbage was played at the High Prairie Legion. Left-right, are Irene Hoedl, of High Prairie [Zone 8], Roy Ellingson, of Tofield [Zone 7], Olga Johnston, of High Prairie [Zone 8], and Joan Van Buul, of Tofield [Zone 7].

A floor curling team from High Prairie won the silver medal in floor curling in the 55-plus open. Left-right, are skip Alicemary Olansky, third Robert Goulet, second Polly Stafford and lead Annie Blackhurst. They were pleased to be able to play at home.
Two players from High Prairie won medals in darts. Left-right, are bronze medal winner Evelyn Lesiuk, and silver medallist Wendell Ebbett.

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