This year’s BC Senior Games in Burnaby were especially exiting for Barriere participants because among them were five Medal Winners. The annual event, this time in Burnaby August 21 – 25, drew about 4,000 competitors and spectators, and among those was a group of seniors from Barriere.
Five Barriere Senior Carpet Bowlers are proud because they earned two medals for their teams. Team 1, Donna Smith and Sharon Marsh won bronze playing in the pairs section, and Ernie Yungen, Nina Clearwaters and Lynn Innes, earned silver in the three-team division. They agreed that it was a great feeling to win a medal, a prize to be treasured and to be proud of.
Nina Clearwaters had her 25-year anniversary of being involved with the Senior Games. She took part as a competitor as well as bringing her special aptitudes to work as a volunteer. She noted, “I have enjoyed being a part of the games, the excitement and the challenges, and the playing”. There was the camaraderie and the socializing with other participants and friends that brought it all together as a great experience.
Many exciting events took place besides competing and watching the athletes participate in competitions. The opening ceremony was a great, exhilarating beginning and the Friday night dinner, open to all who had paid their entry fee, had been enjoyed by everyone. The medal awards and the closing ceremony concluded the 2012 BC Senior Games, and it is safe to say that it was a memorable event for everyone.