St. Marys woman enjoys Canada Senior Games
By Pat Payton
SAINT JOHN, N.B. – A St. Marys woman had a “wonderful experience” here last month, competing in the Canada 55 Senior Games.
Jean Hutton competed in two swimming events. She placed fourth in the 100-metre prediction swim, and didn’t place in the 200-metre prediction swim.
“They call it prediction because you have to estimate your time, and you have to come in as close to that time as you can,” Hutton explained. “No medals, but I hope I’ll have another opportunity to compete in the future.”
One of the swimmers was a 91-year-old man, she noted.
There were 2,300 Seniors from all across Canada competing in the Games, which consisted of about 25 events. Just some of the other events and activities were: badminton, bowling, cycling, curling, cribbage, darts, shuffleboard, golf, horseshoes, lawn bowling, slow pitch, tennis, track and field, and distance running (5 k.m. and 10 k.m.).
Ice hockey for both men and women was a new competition. There were six men’s teams and four women’s teams. In both hockey divisions, the winner was decided in a shootout.
The oldest hockey player was 93 years old.
“I had a chance to meet some wonderful people,” Hutton told the newspaper. “I think the highlight for me was socializing with that many other Seniors, who are very positive. The loudest cheers were for the person who came in last, especially in the swimming. That was a highlight for sure.”
Hutton qualified for the Canada Senior Games by first competing at the Regionals (the Huron Perth Middlesex Games) in St. Marys. The next step was the 2016 Provincials in Midland, where she won a gold medal.
The Canada Senior Games are held every two years.
Note: Bruce Symons, of St. Marys, is the Regional contact person. He encourages all Seniors to participate in Senior Games activities.