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.”