Lakeland Senior Games Association


2013 SUMMER SENIOR GAMES- WESTLOCK/BARRHEAD

 

Zone 7 had 99 participants.  We won 51 medals:  14 gold, 25 silver and 12 bronze.  Participants and Non Participant Guests had a wonderful time, meeting old and new friends from all over the province.  Our hosts worked very hard to provide great venues, accomodation, food, entertainment throughout the Games.  We wish to thank Zone 5 for their hospitality, their superb organization, and their energetic, friendly volunteers.  You made this a memorable event that we will treasure for years to come. 

Golf 75+ Callaway Silver Winner - Howard Rowe 

Bocce 70+ Silver Winners: Back Row- Doreen Lafreniere, Molly Yurkowsky        Front row-  Doris Thompson, Bertha Lemley

Athletic Medal Winners: Loraine Donovan, Joe Ibach, Dave Garth, Peter McArthur 

Athletics - Left, Peter McArthur won Silver in discus, silver in javelin and gold in shotput 

Zone 7 Ball Team from Vermilion 

Cribbage 70+ Doubles - Silver winners - Gil Classen and Evelyn Reiter 

Cribbage Players - Lillian McLaughlin, Bea Campbell and Del Smith 

Peter McArthur throwing javelin 

Loraine Donovan 

Joe Ibach - Bronze winner for discus 

Horse Shoe Winners from Zone 7: Colleen Ouellette-silver (55+ women's D); Victor Ouellette - gold (55+ men's D); Elsie Quicksand - silver (55+ women's C) 

Elsie Quickstad (Clandonald)- Silver in Ladies 55+ Horseshoes

 

Caroline Anker, provincial advisor in floor curling, presenting a certificate to Willie McGregor of Bonnyville, oldest participate in floor curling.

 Willie McGregor with curling team- lead Jeanne Wierzbicki, second Rene Normand and third Stella Marcotte

Zone 7 at the Opening Ceremonies 

 

Floor Curling Still Fun at 90! By Isabell Shoff

Willie McGregor of Bonnyville enjoyed every minute of the Alberta 55 Plus Summer Games in Westlock this past weekend. The 90-year-old received a certificate from Caroline Anker, provincial advisor in floor curling, for being the oldest floor curling participant in the Games.

“Everything is good here,” McGregor said, in between games at the Westlock Elementary School which hosted the floor curling event. “I enjoy meeting people and talking to everybody.”

McGregor, the skip for Zone 7’s 70 plus floor curling team, said that his rink qualified for the games by winning the Zone 7 playoffs earlier this year. His team plays out of the Bonnyville Senior Drop In Centre in north-eastern Alberta. “It is a nice building,” McGregor said. “We have one of the better buildings in north-eastern Alberta.”

McGregor, who was the president of the seniors centre for 11 years, added that the centre has floor curling, floor shuffleboard and regular shuffleboard. “We play cards too, from bridge to whist and cribbage,” he said. “I play cards twice per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I do regular whist on Tuesdays and cribbage on Thursdays. We floor curl twice per week in the winter on Mondays and Thursdays.” He added that there is also pool and snooker in the centre. “We have more than 200 active people in the centre,” he said.

McGregor added that his wife, Lorane, and himself qualified for the Canada Summer Games in Brockville, Ont. in 2010 where they took fourth in cribbage.

His wife also won medals in the arts and crafts event. “She has won many medals in crafts,” he said. “She has crafts here as well and she got a medal here. The crafts are on display at the Barrhead Curling Rink.”

McGregor added that the food was excellent at the Westlock Community Hall and he also enjoyed the entertainment on Thursday and Friday night.

“We are going to sign up for the Canada Summer Games after these Games,” he said. “We don’t know what we will play yet, but probably floor curling.”

McGregor added that he has no health issues other than a little rheumatism. Prior to the Games, McGregor was a World War II veteran as he served four years overseas during the war. “I was with the medical core,” he said. “I was a medic orderly. I was the guy who put the first bandage on a solidier and carried him out on the stretcher.”

After the war, McGregor returned to the Bonnyville area where he met and married his wife. He then farmed for 50 years at Iron River, just 25 miles northwest of Bonnyville. They have been married for 65 years. His son, Ralph, and wife, Betty, took over the family farm in 1990, so Willie and his wife could move into Bonnyville and retire.

As for his floor curling advice, he added that his strategy for winning is simple. “You just throw them down there and hope it hits something,” he said, pointing to the other end of his sheet. The other people on Willie McGregor’s floor curling team included third Stella Marcotte, second Rene Normand, and lead Jeanne Wierzbicki.

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