Olympic spirit alive and well in Cavendish
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.