From left Photo 1: Susan Berry (right), with Coordinator Doyle Blasingame, was winner of The Hazel Gay Award at the NW La. District Senior Olympics athletes banquet. Photo 2: Duane Chilton (left) and Maxine Thomas (right), shown with Blasingame, were named the districgt’s Athletes of the Year. Chilton also received the Volunteer of the Year Award. Photo 3: Red Fletcher (left) poses with Steering Committee member Gerry Robichaux at presentation of the Ken Howard’s Spirit Award. Photo 4: Les Brosset (left) holds his new MVP Award, presented to him by Blasingame (right). Click photos to enlarge.
Susan Berry won the coveted Hazel Gay Torch Award and Duane Chilton made history by winning two awards in the same year as the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics brought an end to the 2014 season with an athletes banquet at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs.
Red Fletcher won the Ken Howard’s Spirit Award, Les Brosset the MVP Award and Maxine Thomas was named Female Athlete of the Year for the 22nd renewal of the sports and games carnival for those 50 years of age or older.
Chilton was named Male Athlete of the Year and also took home the Volunteer of the Year Award. “Every time I looked up you were taking part in an event and then officiating or helping run and event. Then you were helping clean up or pack up and getting everything in the right place afterwards,” Coordinator Doyle Blasingame commented when presenting Chilton the Volunteer of the Year plaque. “If I had a few more like you, this job as coordinator would be a breeze.”
Berry won the award named in honor of the late Hazel Gay, who was instrumental in getting the district games going after a year’s absence in 1995, following the event being started in Shreveport-Bossier by the YMCA (1992). “Everyone who was on the steering committee back in 1996 or worked with Hazel has a special place in their heart for her,” Blasingame said.
Fletcher, whose given name is Una, won an award named for Ken Howard. ”This award honors the way Ken Howard embraced the games, with an infectious enjoyment of all aspects of the competition and with a willingness and joy in helping and encouraging others to do the same,” said Gerry Robichaux of the Steering Committee. ”Red was an easy choice.”
Paula Hadwin, Betty Husted and Gayle Pearce finished 1-2-3 among females in the Bowling Sweepstakes competition while Jim Draper, Gary Price and Dick Hainey were 1-2-3 among the males.
Athletes and spouses and guests filled the Sky Club at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs for a sumptuous brunch and fellowship to close the district games which ran from March 20 through May 23.