Seniors enjoy medal haul

Above are the proud local winners of medals at the Canada 55+ Games in Saint John, N.B. Aug. 21-24. Left-right are Bill Lesiuk, Evelyn Lesiuk, Janet Lemay, Robert Lemay and Frank Tries. Not shown are Blayne Rubbelke and Don McDonald.

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

High Prairie seniors once again showed what it takes to compete on the national stage after winning medals in several events at the Canada 55+ Games in Saint John, N.B.

Athletes won medals in darts, cribbage and track and field at the games Aug. 21-24.

Evelyn Lesiuk won a gold medal in Ladies Doubles Darts, 65 Years and Under. Her partner was Linda Stevenson of Camrose. Six teams competed in the round-robin event, which the pair won.

Lesiuk teamed with her husband Bill to win gold in Mixed Doubles Darts, 65 Years and Under. Six teams also entered the event, each team played the other three times for a total of 15 matches. The Lesiuks won two straight matches in the playoffs to win gold.

Evelyn also won a third medal – a bronze – in Ladies Singles Darts, 65 Years and Under. Five women entered the competition. Lesiuk played three sets against each opponent and placed third overall to win bronze.

The husband and wife team of Robert and Janet Lemay won bronze medals in Doubles Cribbage, 65 Years and Under.

The marathon tournament included 28 teams so the Lemays played 27 matches: 10 the first day, 10 the second day and seven the third day.

The Lemays ended up in a three-way tie for second. Based on total points, the Lemays placed second of three teams and settled for bronze medals. There was no playoff to break ties.

The cards, as well as strategy, also fell right for Blayne Rubbelke and Don McDonald, who won silver medals in Duplicate Bridge.

Meanwhile, Frank Tries won four more medals in track and field events in the 80 Years Plus category. Tries won four gold in Brampton, Ont. two years ago and four more gold in Calgary at the Alberta 55 Plus Games in 2017 to qualify for Saint John.

Tries won gold in Shot put with a toss of 8.55 metres; gold in Discus with a toss of 18.91 metres; silver in Long Jump with a leap of 2.42 metres; and silver in Javelin with a toss of 22.94 metres.

“I beat my personal best in Javelin by two metres,” says Tries.

“And I lost by 4 cm in the Long Jump.”

As a reult, Tries continues to win medals.

In 2019, the Summer Games are in Lethbridge; the 2020 Canada Games are in Kamloops.


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