Golden Olympics a huge success
Published 10:16 am Friday, May 29, 2009
Cheney Griffin Park was the scene of the 2009 annual Golden Olympics.
Thanks to Vasti Inc., Sowega of Albany and the Bainbridge Leisure Services, a wonderful and exciting time was had by both the participants and the audience.
We ended up with seven winners from Donalsonville and 10 from Bainbridge and remember several of these winners were over 76 years “young.”
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The winners were in the half-mile walk 76 plus women: Joyce Baker, Jewell Williams and Katherine Adkinson, all from Bainbridge.
In the half-mile walk for 75 and under: Eleanor Hodges and Vivian Bush of Bainbridge, and Doris Washington from Donalsonville.
In the half-mile walk for men, there were no entries for 76 Plus. But the winner for men in the 75 and under was Sammie Jones from Donalsonville.
In the horseshoe toss 76 plus women, winners were Williams, Baker and Lilliebell Emanuel, all from Bainbridge. For 75 and under were Washington, Eva Blake and Marianne Heard, all from Donalsonville.
The men 76 plus were Richard Johnson and Travis Register, both from Donalsonville, 75 and under were Jones of Donalsonville and Roger Brownhill of Bainbridge.
In the softball throw 76 plus, the winners were Register and Johnson, both of Donalsonville; and in 75 and under, they were Jones of Donalsonville and Brownhill of Bainbridge.
In the women 76 plus, the winners were Daisy Butler, Emanuel and Baker, all of Bainbridge. The 75 and under winners were Blake and Washington, both of Donalsonville, and Hodges of Bainbridge.
For the Frisbee throw 76 plus women, the winner was Butler of Bainbridge. And in 75 and under, the winners were Maggie Close of Bainbridge, and Washington and Heard, both of Donalsonville.
In the Frisbee throw 76 plus men, the winners were Register and Johnson, both of Donalsonville; and in the 75 and under, the winners were Jones of Donalsonville and Brownhill of Bainbridge
In the clock golf 76 plus men, the winners were Register and Johnson, both of Donalsonville. In the 75 and under, Jones of Donalsonville and Brownhill of Bainbridge were the winners. And for the women 75 and under, Blake of Donalsonville and Hodges of Bainbridge were the winners.
And last but not least in the basketball throw men, we had only one winner, Johnson of Donalsonville. And in the women basketball throw, Heard of Donalsonville and Close of Bainbridge won.
A special congratulation to all the participants as everyone did a wonderful job, and we salute you for your efforts.
A great big thanks you to the Leisure Services of Bainbridge, Diane Atkinson, director, Danny Ritter, supervisor, and Jason Strickland, Ashley McMillan, Charles Miller, Brandon Wynn, Arthur Wooden, Shelby Bullock and Lance Powell. Without your help, these events could not have taken place. And again a special thanks to Vasti for sponsoring us and providing us with water, Gatoraide and fruit to keep us all going as it was a hot morning in Bainbridge.
And last but not least, let us thank Dot Odom and Belinda Green of Bainbridge Senior Center, Joette Bauman of Donalsonville Senior Center and Jamie Harper, Megan and Gail from Sowega in Albany. If anyone was left out, I apologize in advance as I was having such a great time watching these wonderful players I lost track of names. Keep us the good work everyone and we’ll see you all again next year and as far as I was concerned everyone was a winner!