The track and field competition for the 2014 NW La. District Senior Olympics will move to Benton High School’s track on May 17, according to Track and Field Coordinator Clarence Pinion.
The track and field competition has been held at Airline High School for the past four years after a long stay at Bossier High School’s oval and field. The shift was necessitated by remodeling of the Airline High School track and the possibility it would not be ready in time for the senior event. Pinion pointed out Benton High’s willingness to host the event in the past.
An annual high point of the track and field competition is the awarding of the Jesse Lanier Memorial Award, given the outstanding performer in the event.
We’ll swing out on the dance floor and swing out again on the tennis courts in the 22nd renewal of the Northwest District Olympics. And our seniors will join hands with the Special Olympics, too.
Those are additions to the schedule this year. Couples dancing competition will be added Friday, April 18, at Bossier Council On Aging. According to Jeri Lancaster, who has set up the competition, couples will vie for honors in three categories–waltz, swing and 2-step. Medals will be awarded in each with judges awarding points for appearance, presentation and performance to determine the gold, silver and bronze winners. There will be no age brackets.
Tennis returns to the schedule after a year’s absence. Competition in singles, doubles and mixed doubles will begin on Thursday, April 17 at Bossier Tennis Center in the Brownlee Park area. Paula Jones, who has medaled in the event in the past, will conduct the competition for the district.
On Saturday, April 19, the district will welcome competitors from the Special Olympics for a team competition in bocce ball. An adult Special Olympian will be teamed with a Senior Olympics entrant for the doubles event. “We have wanted for a long while to hold an activity with Special Olympics,” said NW La. District Senior Olympics coordinator Doyle Blasingame. “We are pleased the time has come.”