Back row left to right District 11 (Haliburton/Muskoka area) competitors Michael Twitchin Stuart Buck Gary Walker Jere Pike Susan Buck Mary Johnson Sharon Ferris Frank Ferris and Bev Kerr wore their new shirts which will be worn at the OSGA 55+ Provincial Summer Games hosted in Mississauga in August. Front row Richard Wannan BMO manager welcomed the competitors to the Haliburton branch and presented the shirts to the competitors which also included Neil Darby Donna Darby Fern Holmes Judy Neimann Georgie Adair Rolland Fobert Harold McInerney and John Kerr./DARREN LUM Staff


Area competitors headed to provincials

By Bev Kerr

Special to the Echo

Published Aug. 7 2018

Thank you to the Haliburton BMO for sponsoring the T-shirts that will be worn by the Haliburton/Muskoka successful winners who are advancing to the OSGA 55+ Provincial Summer Games hosted by Mississauga in August.

The games are modelled after the Olympics. All the participants are given the opportunity for social interaction from the opening ceremonies and parade of the district flags. This event is held biennially in the even numbered years. In 1986 the City of Kitchener hosted the first Ontario Senior Games 55+ called Actifest. These successful games established the framework for the future Ontario Senior Games Association 55+.

Congratulations to the gold place winners who will represent the Haliburton/Muskoka District. In the event the top finishers choose not to compete the next top finisher interested will compete and represent the district. Haliburton/Muskoka had a record number of participants entering the district summer games this year.

Of the 283 participants 46 will compete in the provincials.

The competitors representing the Haliburton/Muskoka region in the Ontario Summer Games 55+ at provincials held in Mississauga are: bid euchre competitors Desimir and Ilse Nikolic of Bracebridge and Lorne and Ruth Robertson of Gravenhurst; five-pin bowling men’s singles Michael Twitchin of Kilworthy; the bowling team of Lynne Briden Al Courtney Linda Courtney John Brown and Anne Brown of Gravenhurst; bowling team of Darlene Bush Dori Rheubottom Tom Rheubottom Brett Stewart and Kathy Stewart of Huntsville; contract bridge players Rolland Fobert of Haliburton and Judy Neimann of Minden; cribbage players Fern Holmes and Georgies Adair of Gravenhurst Neil and Donna Darby of Minden; floor shuffleboard players Robert and Gary Cockburn of Bracebridge; golfers (women 65 plus) Marcia Wagg of Haliburton (75 plus) Karen Heaslip  of Gravenhurst Suzanne McEwen of Haliburton (men 55 plus) Robert Pearce of Algonquin Highlands (65 plus) Gary Walker of Algonquin Highlands Harold McInerney of Haliburton (75 plus) Gary Hunt of Haliburton Jere Pike of Algonquin Highlands; pickleball players (women 55 plus) Nancy McKinnon of Highland Grove Patricia Harnett of Haliburton (65 plus) Susan Pyke of Minden Susan Buck of Haliburton (men 55 plus) Linden Anderson of Haliburton Doug McKinnon of Highland Grove (65 plus) Greg Pyke of Minden Stuart Buck of Haliburton; walking prediction time women three kilometre (65 plus) Beverly Kerr Haliburton men 65 plus three kilometre Mike Johnson of Haliburton (men 75 plus) 1.6 kilometre Frank Ferris of Algonquin Highlands Nordic women 75 plus 1.6 kilometre Mary Johnson of Haliburton Nordic women three kilometre (65 plus) Sharon Ferris of Algonquin Highlands Nordic men 65 plus three kilometre John Kerr of Haliburton.

Good luck to the winners of the Haliburton/Muskoka District.