Rimbey seniors head for Alberta 55 plus Winter Games

More Rimbey seniors than ever before have qualified to complete provincially in the Alberta 55 plus Winter Games.

More Rimbey seniors than ever before have qualified to complete provincially in the Alberta 55 plus Winter Games.

Rosella Snopek, zone 4 publicity director, said 145 competitors from zone 4 will attend the Games to be held Feb. 13 to 16 in Calgary.

This year 11 Rimbey competitors will attend the provincial meet.

“This is the most competitors sent from Rimbey,” Snopek said.

Barbara Patey, Lorraine Jarl, Bernard Wolkowski and Monty Haslam will complete in five-pin bowling in the 70 and over age group.

Patey said this will be the third time the bowling team has attended the Games. Four years ago they won gold and two years ago they missed out on the medals, placing fourth.

But win or lose, the experience is wonderful, said Patey.

“Two years ago Lorraine Jarl and I carried the flag for zone 4. It was such an honor.”

Attending the Games is an opportunity to meet people from all over, she added. “You meet like-minded people. People who enjoy sports. Enjoy life.”

Brenda Restall, Vern Browne and Robert Stuart will compete in five-pin bowling in the 55 and over age category. Kay Osbaldenston also qualified but won’t be able to attend.

Browne, who has bowled for a number of years, but has not attended the Games before, is pleased to have the opportunity. “I’m very much looking forward to it.”

Anna Ledieu, Mikki Collis and Deb Retzlaff will compete in ice curling.

Gladys Wilson, who has won a gold medal and two silver medals at the Games previously, qualified for the Scrabble competition. She said she is looking forward to the event.

“I get to play Scrabble for two whole days.”