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171 seniors set for Games

RIA GOODMAN, [email protected]

171 seniors set for Games

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The 17th annual National Senior Games slated for the National Stadium on Whit Monday will attract 171 athletes.

This was revealed to Saturday Sport by Rawle Clarke, coordinator of the Games, yesterday.

“We have 171 athletes, 81 males and 90 females. The oldest athlete is Bollie Lovell, who is 95, and the youngest Charles Miller, who is 40,” he said.

The Games commenced last month with a number of sports including archery, cycling, dominoes, table tennis and tennis.

The road tennis competition will be staged today at the Warrens Office Complex (Barrack Building) in Warrens, St Michael,at 4 p.m. before the Games culminate on Monday with track and field.

Clarke said that along with the oldest and youngest competitors, spectators could expect to see emerging athletes who competed exceptionally last year as well as those top athletes whose names would have been heard at the Games for many years.

The event will begin with the torch run, which will be taken by the Games Most Outstanding Male, Clindon Workman, to the 8 a.m. opening ceremony.

The competition begins an hour later.

The Senior Games will also be used as a qualifier for the Huntsman World Senior Games in Utah, United States, from October 8-20.

Athletes will compete in the 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1 500 and the 3 000 metres.

Walkers will also have an opportunity to medal in the men’s 1 200 metres and women’s 600 metres.

Entry to the event is absolutely free but spectators will be given a ticket which will make them eligible to win prizes during the day’s activities, which will wrap up at 6 p.m. (RG)

Key men to watch

Patrick Bourne (50-54)

Roland Waithe (60-64)

Henderson Waltress (60-64)

Mark Norville (70-74)

Key women to watch

Angela Jackson (55-59)

Ainsley Lovell (60-64)

Pearl Yearwood (65-69

Shirley Harper (70-74)