March 27, 2010

Seniors to Compete in Bellaire Complex Fitness Center

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 11:07 pm

0671.JPGIn front of the new Bellaire Complex Fitness Center, Doyle Blasingame is flanked by the Center’s Senior Adult Coordinator Carol Thacker (left) and Anna Kate Gandy, Fitness Center Manager, after members of the Senior Olympics Steering Committee presented a demonstration of games to Bellaire Baptist Church members.

NW La. District Senior Olympics will hold three of its 2010 events in the new Bellaire Complex Fitness Center, located at 4330 Panther Drive in Bossier City.

Shuffleboard, washer pitch and basketball free throws will be held in the facility’s gymnasium area on May 10.

“We are pleased and excited about our partnering with the our friends at Bellaire and competing in the new facility,” said Doyle Blasingame, coordinator of the District Olympics which enter an 18th season April 23. “We have to thank Steering Committee member Gary Price for his work in making this happen.”

“We want to help organizations like the Senior Olympics,” said Carol Thacker, Senior Adult Coordinator of the Bellaire Complex. On its website (www.bellairefitnesscenter.org), the complex lists its goals: To provide the highest quality of fitness services to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.

The new complex, which was dedicated last June, is a marvelously equipped state-of-the-art fitness center.  It also contains a coffee shop/cafe and gathering areas for worship services and bible study. Its fitness program includes two weight rooms (resistance machines, barbells, plate-loaded equipment and weight platforms), walking track, complete lockerrooms with whirlpools and saunas.

There are separate private workout areas for seniors who have access to Pace hydraulic circuit equipment, treadmills, upright bikes and weight equipment. Low impact aerobics classes are offered. A knowledgeable staff of fitness trainers is available to conduct classes and provide personal training.

March 8, 2010

New Aspects of Our Games

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 10:07 am

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The marksmanship competition will shift to an afternoon start at Shooters USA.

The 2010 Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics will take some new twists in its 18th renewal beginning April 9 with competition for Retirement Communities. When the open division begins with the golf tournament April 23, the difference will be quickly noticed.

  • The annual 18-hole medal play event will be staged at Crooked Hollow GC near Greenwod, following a successful stay at Northwood Hills GC. John Graham, the manager at Crooked Hollow, which is just 18 miles from downtown Shreveport, has hosted the event in the past and says he is pleased to work with the seniors once again.
  • Bocce Ball April 30 will include doubles competition to go along with singles play.
  • Pool competition returns to the schedule Monday, May 3, at Randle T. Moore Center in Shreveport.
  • Marksmanship, usually contested in the morning, will begin at 1 p.m. May 6 at Shooters USA.
  • Horseshoes and Redneck Golf will be staged on different dates at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bossier City. When they were held on the same day, competition drew out too long.
  • Washer pitch, shuffleboard and basketball free throws will move to the new Bellaire Complex at 4330 Panther Drive on May 10.
  • Tennis will include weekend play (May 13-16) at N. Bossier Tennis Complex.
  • The recreational walk will include a 5K to go along with the one-mile division and will be held in Brownlee Park in Bossier City May 14.
  • Track and field will be held May 22 at Airline High School athletic field to wrap up the 18th edition of the Northwest games.  “We feel these changes and alterations in the schedule will make the 2010 games ‘competitor-friendly’ and improve our ability to serve active seniors,” said Doyle Blasingame, District Coordinator.

March 4, 2010

Commemorative Shirt Fits Us to a T

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 12:41 pm

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The T-shirt to be given to participants in the 2010 Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics is being hailed as one of the best ever.

Noted artist Jerry Harris of Jerry Harris Originals designed it for the district, marking the 14th year he has done so. “I think Jerry has outdone himself this time,” said District Coordinator Doyle Blasingame.

The shirt incorporates black and gold as primary colors and uses a fleur de lis in the design along with the torch which has been part of the T-shirts for several years.

Harris said that the colors and fleur de lis are highly popular because the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints use them, but added of his design, “This is a Louisiana thing. It is different from what we’ve done in the past.”

As has been the custom since the games began, each individual entering the 2010 District competition will receive one of the T-shirts.

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