Seniors place third in olympics competition

Annual Olympics held at Station Park

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BY JOE WESTON
— Sparta area seniors placed third in the annual Senior Olympics competition among six other towns that each put up a team of 24 players, Town Manager William Close spoke about at the March 27 town council meeting.

“Everyone wore their town colors, and it was highly competitive,” said Mayor Molly Ann Whilesmith.

The competitive events included a Frisbee toss, basketball shooting, a relay race, and a rubber chicken throw for accuracy, Whilesmith said.

“The D.J. played a lot of music from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s,” said Whilesmith.

Sparta hosted the event this year, which was held May 21.

“One senior who was 98-years old earned two medals,” Whilesmith said.

There was a whole team of volunteers, many from Sparta High School, to run the contest and be ambassadors, Close said.

Lunch for the event was provided by Panera and a lot of people also baked for the games as well, Whilesmith said.

The color guard was there and the National Anthem was sung by town employee Donna Jenkins, the direcotr of the Sparta Parks and Recreation Department.

“She did a great job,” Close said.

“There was a lot of complimentary remarks regarding our facilities and how well organized the event was,” said Close.

The event was held at Station Park.

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