Locals lay it down at Seniors Games
Five Merritt residents laid down their card playing skills at the 25th annual 2012 BC Seniors Games in Burnaby from Aug. 21 to 25.
“We all had a really good time,” said Laura Cornies, bridge player. “We didn’t do really good with our cards, but anyway.”
Her partner in duplicate bridge was Laurel Robertson.
“There is some skill, because you need to know which cards to put away,” Cornies said. “You can put different cards in there.”
Two of the five regulars at the Merritt Seniors Centre played bridge, while the others are crib players.
These participants included June Csaba, who won a bronze in her flight. Shirley Vezina and Maxine Olstad also competed in crib but didn’t place.
“We all stayed in the same motel and had a really good time,” Cornies said. “Merritt is active in the BC Senior Games.”
Cornies won gold last year with her crib partner Csaba.
Qualifications are necessary in some events, but Cornies didn’t need to qualify this year because everyone in the Merritt zone who wanted to participate in bridge were able to.
The crib players, however, did qualify in a Kamloops competition.
The Games included 26 sports from whist to archery.
Athletes age 55 and older were eligible to compete, and 233 turned out.
Next year’s Games are scheduled to be held in Kamloops from Aug. 20 to 24.
Anyone interested in getting involved can contact Cornies at the Seniors Centre at 250-378-3763.
“We’d really like to get more people coming out next year to Kamloops. It’s really a fun time.”