Under the theme Happiness is Health, the two curling teams representing Saskatchewan at the Canada 55-plus Games both won medals in their respective categories and a bowler from Kelvington brought home a gold.
Parkland Valley curling teams were preparing for the athletes’ walk during the Canada 55-plus Games held at Strathcona County, Alta. Left to right, Brian Peterson, Elaine Meachem, Ivan Peterson and Gail Peterson, all of Sturgis; Eleanor Murray, Arnold Makowsky and Maxine Stinka, all of Canora, and Murray Bottcher of Margo.
Members who travelled to the games represented the Parkland Valley District Saskatchewan Senior Fitness Association (SSFA) at the games held in Strathcona County, Alta., from Aug. 27-30.
In the mixed 65-plus category, skip Murray Bottcher from Margo, third Eleanor Murray, second Arnold Makowsky and lead Maxine Stinka, all from Canora, took home the bronze by defeating the British Columbia team in the final game. Overall the team ended 2-2 in round robin play, placing fourth, but were able to defeat B.C. in the 3-versus-4 game.
Meanwhile the mixed 55+ team from Sturgis with skip Brian Peterson, third Gail Peterson, second Ivan Peterson and lead Elaine Meachem won gold with a 5-1 record.
Curling medals were presented by Heather Nedohin, Canadian Women’s Curling Champion and Women’s World Curling bronze medalist.
Raymond Johnson of Kelvington competed in the 85-plus category for five-pin bowling and won the gold medal.
The Canada 55+ Games began in 2004 hosted by Whitehorse, Yukon, and are held every two years. Individuals and/or teams must compete first at the district level and then at the provincial level to qualify.
This year’s games were the largest ever, with about 1900 competitors in 24 different sports ranging from hockey, track and field, and slo-pitch to cribbage, Scrabble and bocce ball.
The largest contingent of participants was from Alberta, finishing the games with the most medals, 394, almost as many as all the other teams combined.
Saskatchewan had the second-largest number of competitors and placed second with 142 medals. British Columbia placed third with 70 medals.
Interestingly enough, the oldest competitor was 101 years young and won silver in the 85-plus age category for javelin.
The games will be held in Brantford, Ont., in 2016.
Submitted by Marlene Stinka