By Scott Bolthouse
As this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio inch closer to their Aug. 5 opening ceremony, a local group of over 15 seniors are representing the Huron Township community this week at the 2016 Downriver Senior Olympics hosted by the City of Wyandotte.
And while these games wont be featuring track and field, boxing, or other similar sports, they do offer a variety of events better suited for those 50-years and older.
Some of the more competitive games held at the senior olympics are cards. Medals are awarded in Euchre, Pinochle and in Bridge.
In addition, swimming, billiards, bag toss, darts, and even a chili cook-off, are among the many other events that residents from 18 Downriver communities will be competing in at the event.
Linda Dyer, Huron Township’s DDA secretary, attended the opening ceremony on Monday.
“The event started with a “Breakfast of Champions” today followed by a presentation of each community, who carried a torch to be placed on the podium,” she said.
“Nancy Wood carried the torch for Huron Seniors.”
Dyer said that Sylvia Perecki is the Huron Senior’s club president and Walt McCurdy is the liaison director representing the club and the township board.
The games will continue through Thursday, and a “Unity Awards Banquet” will be held at Crystal Gardens in Southgate on Friday at noon. Medals will be awarded to each event Champion.
“Huron Seniors are anticipating many gold medals,” Dyer said.
To find out more about the Downriver Senior Olympics, visit www.downriverseniorolympics.org.