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Seniors share the glory

Some of the senior athletes basking in their golden moment with their awards. (pictures by Kenmore Bynoe.) Minister Steven Blackett presenting champion Melchoir Alleyne with his award in the 60-64 category. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.) Denise Nurse, Deputy Director of the Child Care Board, (left) presenting one of four awards to Latricia Busby of netball champions, Pine Hill St. Barnabas. Minister Steven Blackett (left) presenting an award to 80-84 champion Doriel Green with Malyssa Coles of Stanfeld Scott at centre. Minister Steven Blackett with top performers Victor Young and Shirley Harper, who tied with Kathy Harper-Hall on 50 points.

Wed, August 14, 2013 - 12:01 AM

THE ADAGE that age is just a number was highlighted repeatedly when scores of senior athletes collected multiple awards from the 12th National Senior  Games at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre  last Saturday night.

With an insightful message from keynote speaker Senator Professor Henry Fraser, the vintage champions strutted to the podium to receive the spoils of their victories. Heading the list would have been  the top female and male competitors, Shirley Harper, Kathy Harper-Hall and Victor Young.

Harper-Hall (75-79), who was absent from the ceremony, had gained 50 points, the same as Harper (65-69) with both breaking records in five events.  They both snatched gold in the 50 metres, 100m, 200m, 400m and in the standing long jump to also earn three years free membership with BARP.

The consummate showman Young earned 46 points in the 75-79 age group while taking silver in the 50m, silver in the 100m and gold in the 200m, 400m and  in the 5-K. Young received dinner for two at Crystal Cover by Elegant Hotels.

Senator Fraser told the audience that the important thing in life was to get the balance right . . . “physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being”.

“We’ve talked physical and mental, but help your fellow man . . . to serve  is to love, and seek God, because a life without God is like an unsharpened pencil . . . there’s no point . . . and each aspect of well-being promotes the other.”

With the awardees and audience including Steven Blackett, Minister  of Social Care, responding positively  to the suggestion of achieving happiness through laughter, Senator Fraser said, “Laugh, because laughter is the best medicine. My version of the (author) Stephen Covey mantra is the seven Ls, learn to live, laugh, love life and  leave a legacy.”

Blackett, as well as Malyssa Coles  of main sponsor Stanfeld Scott, presented trophies and gift baskets  to the category winners.

The category female winners  were: Gayle Headley, 40-44; Valerie King, 45-49; Angela Jackson, 50-54, Ainsley Lovell, 55-59, Pearl Yearwood, 60-64, Harper, 65-69, June Benjamin, 70-74; Harper Hall, 75-79 and Doriel Green, 80-84.

The category male winners were: Lennox Ellis, 40-44; Bradley Broomes, 45-49; Atherley Burrowes, 50-54; Trevor Spooner, 55-59; Melchoir Alleyne, 60-64; Stephen Bowen, 65-69; Claredon Ward, 70-74; Victor Young, 75-79.

(KB) 

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Posted by Mark Maynard 11 months, 2 weeks ago
Congratulations to all - An elite and exclusive club of fine persons!

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