Cavendish Olympics

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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 COM­PASS

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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