By Ewa Chwojko-Srawley 

Resounding applause and echoes of cheers filled the hall at the ROC on October 18, at the award ceremony celebrating the winners of the 2023 Georgina Senior Games.  

For three weeks, from Sept. 18 to Oct. 12, seniors aged 55 and up participated in a range of activities, from high-energy sports such as archery and golf to more laid-back favourites like Euchre and Scrabble. 

“Close to 200 medals were awarded to the winners who competed in 27 categories,” Katherine Squires, Recreation Programmer for the Town, said.

“It’s a cherished community event that continues to blossom with each passing year.”  

Lawn Bowling. Photo: Town of Georgina
Charlotte Widdifield receives an award from Regional Coun. Naomi Davison
Sue Larcina and Debbie McCullough

Each winner basked in the spotlight, posing for photos with local councillors.

Sue Larcina, the Vice President of Keswick Club 55, participated in nearly every game and won many medals.

“I adore being a part of the Senior Games,” Larcina said. “I love competing, but also I love organizing them. It’s always a blast! Over the years, I’ve tried all the categories except golf. My favourite is carpet bowling. This year, I even got a silver medal in the Ontario Senior Games competition.” 

Debbie McCullough was another multiple-category winner.

“I enjoy trying new things. I began participating a few years ago, but it’s only recently that I started racking up wins,” she said.

“I may not always come out on top, but I love competing. It’s fantastic to see so many new faces this year,” added Charlotte Widdifield, a dedicated competitor, and co-organizer.

Gary Emmel came to the ceremony to applaud his friends. Although he didn’t secure a win this year, he thoroughly enjoyed the games.  

“It’s about being together and enjoying friendly competition. Winning is nice, but if everyone wins, it’s not as much fun,” he said. “I used to earn medals in archery, but due to an injury, I stuck to more relaxed activities, like Scrabble.” 

The age is just a number when it comes to having a blast. Determination, camaraderie, and a healthy dose of competition make for the perfect recipe to stay young at heart!