May 19, 2008

Lancasters Named Athletes of the Year

Filed under: General News — gerry @ 10:43 am

05athletics 024.JPG Jo Ann Blasingame (shown at left presenting a gold medal to a track competitor) is the winner of the 2008 Hazel Gay Memorial Award. (Click photo to enlarge image) 

Chuck and Jeri Lancaster were chosen the Athletes of the Year and Jo Ann Blasingame won the coveted Hazel Gay Award as the 16th NW La. District Senior Olympics drew to a close with an Athletes Supper at Southern Hills Recreation Center.

Jackie Conner was named Volunteer of the Year.

The Lancasters will represent the district at the Celebration of Athletes during the Louisiana Senior Olympic Games in October.  They follow Bob Taylor Jr. and Joyce Freeman in the honor.

Blasingame’s award is named for the late Hazel Gay who was instrumental in getting the district games restarted in 1996, a year after the YMCA of Shreveport-Bossier discontinued its sponsorship of the event.

Conner is a long-time competitor and coordinator of events. The marksmanship event, one of her responsibilities, had a banner year, doubling participation in 2008.

The 2008 district competition drew 411 competitors in the 22 events and that is an increase of nine over the 2007 figure. 

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