It’s a long way from Vancouver to Cavendish. But a group of people in this Trinity South community had a lot of fun earlier this month emulating the athletes and games at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
BY DENISE PIKE
The Cavendish 50 Plus Club Winter Olympics, the event, which many residents had been training for and anticipating for weeks, took place March 1. Bud Dobbie, 50 Plus member, organized the fun-filled event.
Steve Crocker, assistant to Avalon MP Scott Andrews and Denise Woodman, assistant to Bay de Verde MHA Charlene Johnson officiated the opening ceremonies held at the community centre.
Approximately 40 athletes, representing eight countries, participated in the games, which included a snowball toss, biathlon, hockey shoot out, curling, bowling, luge and figure skating competition. International judges Walter Brown, representing England; Clifford George, representing France and Shirley George, Mexico rated the athletes on their athletic skill, accuracy and sportsmanship.
The Olympics kicked off with the parade of nations followed by a one-kilometre race between Clyde the Newfoundland pony, Molly the goat and Jake Jackson, member of the 50 Plus Club who was also the torch bearer. While many anticipated Jackson would cross the finish line first, Clyde the Newfoundland pony won the race hooves down.
Semi final and final competitions in the snowball toss, biathlon, hockey shoot-out, curling, bowling, luge and figure skating followed.
The games, which tested the mental and physical endurance of all the athletes, conclud- ed with a presentation of medals ceremony. Numerous gold medals were handed out, however Scotland took the trophy for Best Nation.
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