Olympic spirit alive and well in Cavendish

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH - Pho­tos and text by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

With three in­ter­na­tional judges, a torch bearer and a Games Mar­shall, one would ex­pect to find them­selves at an of­fi­cial Olympic Games and not the 50-plus club in Cavendish. Hold­ing com­pe­ti­tions in curl­ing, snow­ball toss and biathlon, the club held its ver­sion of the Win­ter Olympics Feb. 17. Prior to the be­gin­ning of com­pe­ti­tion, there was a pa­rade of na­tions for those par­tic­i­pat­ing — Canada, the United States of Amer­ica, Nor­way, Spain, Ja­maica and Ire­land. It was the sec­ond year for the very pop­u­lar event. Spain was the Olympic cham­pion, claim­ing three gold medals. There was tie for run­ner-up, with both Nor­way and Ja­maica cap­tur­ing two medals. The United States cap­tured a lone medal while Canada and Ire­land failed to medal. Here are some scenes from the event.

French judge John-pierre Larouche (a.k.a. Clif­ford Ge­orge) stands up to de­liver the judges’ oath at the 50-plus Win­ter Olympics held at the Cavendish 50-plus club Feb. 17. Ge­orge is joined by Por­tugese judge Eleanor De Souza (Alma Jack­son, seated, left) at the head ta­ble.

Daphne Jack­son (front) and Patsy Bishop proudly dis­play the red, white and blue Amer­i­can flag dur­ing the pa­rade of na­tions.

English judge Ms. Doolit­tle (a.k.a. Carol Anne Precor), Por­tugese judge Eleanor De Souza (a.k.a. Alma Jack­son) and French judge John-pierre Larouche (a.k.a. Clif­ford Ge­orge) tally up scores af­ter the pa­rade of na­tions.

Jack Peters donned a track suit and dashed around the se­niors cen­tre in Cavendish as the of­fi­cial torch bearer.

Team Spain’s Ruby Strick­land (left) and Team USA’S Max Bishop dance a New­found­land jig.

Team Ja­maica’s Phyl­lis Jack­son (left), Nelly Jack­son and Sheila Jer­rett (right) wear their dread­locks with pride.

Clarence Precor raises the Cana­dian flag upon Team Canada’s en­trance dur­ing the pa­rade of na­tions.

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