Day 3 – Bocce & Billiards & More

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Laurel Heights Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Arnold
Silver: Albert
Bronze: Harvey
Billiards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Harvey
Silver: Anne
Bronze: Tony

At Laurel Heights, pool sharks and Bocce players battled hard for medals. The morning got off to an excellent start as the Round Robin produced 7 Bocce players vying for medals! Later the Pool Sharks showed their finesse in 9 ball. One of our ladies didn’t want to battle it out with the men but after some convincing; she got the joy of telling her husband that she was playing for the gold medal. “In Bocce there is no such thing as a bad throw. If the ball goes out of bounds it is the floor at fault!” – Rose, Bocce Spectator. Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Terri and Pat from Millwoods’ Seniors Association, who participated in congratulating the winning athletes on their performances. Joke of the Day: “You’re so involved with bocce,” whined the wife, “that you can’t even remember the day we were married.”

Rutherford Heights Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Richard S
Silver: Virginia B
Bronze: Desmond G
Ring Toss (Supportive Living)
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Marie G
Silver: Bill B
Bronze: Sau Lin H.

At Rutherford Heights we had 22 Bocce players and 15 ring-tossers battling for medals. We were very impressed by their skill and talents! While the supportive living residents were looking for that perfect ringer toss to seal their spot in the medal round. After her first throw of the game landed her ball only half an inch away from the pallina resident and silver medalist Virginia B exclaimed: “WOW I had no idea I was so good! haha” Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Joanne from The Parkinson’s Association of Alberta, who participated in congratulating the winning athletes on their performances. JOKE OF THE DAY: Bocce enthusiast Joyce B exclaimed: “Alright, let’s get down to business… we have some bocce ball to play and this game is no joke!”

Lewis Estates Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Grace Legatt
Silver: Dorothy Keller
Bronze: Kathaleen Wallace
Billiards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Ric Taubner
Silver: Don Allen
Bronze: Ken Jolin

At Lewis Estates Residence, this morning the games got off with a very intense pool game as all participants came out ready to play. At the end of good competitive pooling game, Don A. and Erick T. will both compete for the Gold Medal and Ken J. and Roy N. for the Bronze in the playoffs. The energy and excitement for Bocce Ball was very enjoyable as participants and supporters were all happy for the efforts put forth by the players. We had six players competing at Bocce this year. Grace L. won Gold while Dorothy K. and Kathleen W. followed in that order.

St. Albert Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Dave P.
Silver: Maxine
Bronze: Andrea
Billiards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Gabe
Silver: Mike
Bronze: Earl
Bean Bag Toss – Supportive Living
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Edward B
Silver: Margaret W
Bronze: James B

At St. Albert Retirement Residence the Pool Sharks showed their finesse in a knock out format to win the gold! Our goal medal resident in Bocce today was so excited to be competing again as he had won a gold medal at the Alberta Seniors Games in Bocce! Our medal ceremony was a celebration with Ice Cream Cake and Drinks! The residents all came together to celebrate today’s winners! We had a presentation from the Cerebral Palsy Foundation! During our supportive Bean Bag Toss competition, the room was so packed that we needed to put some residents close to the Bean Bag Board. After one particularly bad toss by a resident, our resident Peter exclaimed “Sure that one almost went out the window over my head!!”

Summerwood Village Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Ann Michael
Silver: Calvin Bienert
Bronze: Inger Madsen
Billiards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Gerry Antice
Silver: Boris Kanuka
Bronze: Mervyn Hicks

At Summerwood Village, we had 8 pool players and 12 Bocce players battled for medals. The Pool Sharks showed their finesse in excellent rounds. Close shots for most of the games. That kept all the spectators on the edge of our seat! Pom Poms were out and the cheers kept the excitement going! The Bocce Round Robin then produced 8 players battling for medals! We were very impressed by their skill and talents! Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Merico, from the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) who participated in congratulating the winning athletes on their performances; and presented the medals to the athletes! It was a great day here at Summerwood Village!

Auburn Heights Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Aileen Cools
Silver: Ursula Guntner
Bronze: Mavis Mackay
Billiards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Rick Knight
Silver: Ivan McGillivray
Bronze: Eric Gratton

At Auburn Heights our residents competed for medals in Billiards and Bocce, while Memory Care residents competing in Bean Bag Toss! The Billiards competition was fierce, with total silence and complete concentration covering the faces of the participants. Bocce ball was fun for all, residents hooting and hollering for each other and practicing some of the techniques we learned for warming up in our laughter yoga class at the beginning of the week! The Memory Care residents had a fantastic time competing in Bean Bag toss, with all medals going to ladies today! They were delighted and so proud of their accomplishments today. Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Katherine Kuyltjes from the Calgary Kinettes Club who participated in awarding the winning athletes medals, congratulating the athletes on their participation, and gave an informative presentation about what the Kinettes Club does and how they are making a difference every day in our beautiful city. Bronze Medallist Eric G. was wearing a neon yellow Hawaiian shirt today, and after realizing he’d won a medal in billiards, exclaimed “well I thought I should win a medal for this shirt anyway!”

Sage Hill Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Peter Mitchell
Silver: Wayne McClintick
Bronze: Ray Gaudreau
Billiards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Ronnie Duchak
Silver: Richard Pady
Bronze: Wayne McClintick

At Sage Hill Retirement Residence, 14 bowlers and 5 Bocce players battled for medals. The morning got off to an excellent start as the Round Robin produced 5 Bocce players vying for medals! We were very impressed by their skill and talents! Later the Pool Sharks showed their finesse… Our Bocce court was pact with spectators, we started with 14 residents vying for the Gold. Our residents had so much fun. Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by TYLER WIEBE – Development Coordinator of Canadian Liver Foundation, who participated in congratulating the athletes on their performances. Gold Medalist Peter M. observed: “I’m happy to be the champ because there’s always a first time for everything…and Today is MINE”

Preston Park I Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Ruby Rice
Silver: Joyce Doyle
Bronze: Don Pearson
Billiards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Marcel Chevrier
Silver: Jim Lounsbury
Bronze: Dennis Mikituk

At Preston Park I, 10 billiards players and 16 Bocce players battled for medals. We were very impressed by their skill and talents! Later the Pool Sharks showed their finesse and battled for the gold! Janella from CTV Morning LIVE! joined us for Billiards this morning and tried her hand at billiards with some of our top sharks – watch for us on CTV tomorrow morning! Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Gerard Dakieniwech with the Saskatoon Ostomy Society who participated in congratulating the winning athletes on their performances. After receiving his winning GOLD medal for billiards, Jim exclaimed to the crowd “You’ve got to wear your Preston hat to win boys!” with a grin on his face.

Preston Park II Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Ruth Bristow
Silver: Mina Davidson Grozell
Bronze: Rita Koenderink
Billiards – Men
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Ernie Butler
Silver: Len Hart
Bronze: Jim Davidson
Billiards – Women
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Rita Kelly
Silver: Irene Hughes
Bronze: Bev Einarson

At Preston Park II, 20 Billiards and 40 Bocce players battled for medals. We were very impressed by their skill and talents! Later the Pool Sharks showed their finesse as we had 2 players who almost cleared the table after the break! Our Bocce court was running straight and smooth. We like to keep it fun and use pool noodles as our border! Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Halley and Shelley from the Children’s Wish Foundation who participated in congratulating the winning athletes on their performances. JOKE OF THE DAY: Gold Medalist Ernie B. exclaimed: “The early bird might get the worm…. But the second mouse gets the cheese!!!”

College Park I Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Chris Oehler
Silver: Leonard Thompson
Bronze: Doreen Hanna
Billiards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Chris Oehler
Silver: Hank Reis
Bronze: Bill Yakobovich

At College Park Retirement Residence, the morning got off to a wild start with so many residents present blocking the playing area the Wellness Director had to climb through legs to get to the other side. (There has to be a joke here some place). 16 Bocce players were vying for medals! We were very impressed by their skill and talents! Later the Pool Sharks jumped into the deep end with a new resident Hank R. taking the silver. “Our Bocce court is one of our hallways. Our Bocce players have to be extremely talented to get the ball closest to the pallina, but the furthest from the residents walking down the hallway.” Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Michel Sorenson from Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism who participated in congratulating the winning athletes on their performances.

College Park II Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Bertha H.
Silver: Regina N.
Bronze: Chuck H.
Billiards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Vern B.
Silver: Art W.
Bronze: Fred W.

At College Park II Retirement Residence, we had over 50 people come out to cheer our Bocce players today! Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Comedian Jean Freeman, who participated in congratulating the winning athletes on their performances. JOKE OF THE DAY: Jean F. shared “I once won a bronze medal for telling knock, knock jokes. Then I later won a gold medal for stopping.”

Victoria Landing Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Doris Croft
Silver: Charlie Simpson
Bronze: Onie Moore
Billiards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Cecil Bayes
Silver: Bill Rolston
Bronze: Frank Gudz

At Victoria Landing, 4 billiard players and 25 Bocce players vying for medals! We were very impressed by their skill and talents! “Our Bocce court was lively and full of excitement as Mr. Cecil Bayes exclaimed “They will let anyone play…. even when you can’t throw straight.” Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Whitney Stratchan from the Alzheimer’s Society who participated in congratulating the winning athletes on their performances.

Sturgeon Creek II Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Sandra Nickerson
Silver: Vi Miller
Bronze: George Woods

At SC II, 18 Bocce players hit the court bright and early in the morning. Our bocce assistant threw out the 1st pallina, and the games were off. Three rounds of stiff competition ensued, and 3 players rose through the ranks of play, and emerged victoriously with medals!!! Our every faithful cheerleaders did their best to guide the balls by waving their pompoms in the air!!! Much laughter and cheering rang throughout the dining room and lobby. Observers entered the dining room to find out what all the hub bub was. The cheering and laughter they heard in the lobby lured them in to see what the excitement was all about. Athletes were joined at the medal ceremony by Tam Yamashita from Osteoporosis Canada. Tam presented a short presentation to all before assisting with presenting the medals to the bocce winners.

Seine River Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Roy Light
Silver: Joan Evans
Bronze: Sybil Weekes
Billiards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Marcel Lambert
Silver: Clayton Edmondson
Bronze: George Bye

At Seine River Retirement Residence, 6 pool sharks and 36 Bocce players battled for medals. The morning got off to an excellent start as the Pool Sharks showed their finesse. Our skill levels were perfectly matched, and each game was a nail biter! Later, the bocce courts were alive, as our players and cheerleaders took over the dining room as our Bocce players vied for medals! We had a range of talents, but in true Seine River spirit everyone was cheered for as loudly as the next! Our tenants have been so into curling lately, that with every soft bocce throw, you could always hear someone yelling, ’Sweep’ or even a tenant hopping up and doing the sweeping motions! Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Barb from the Canadian Diabetes Association, who gave a great presentation and a lot of valuable information! She also participated in congratulating the athletes on their performances. Tenants were joking with each other that we had both tears of laughter and tears of sorrow during our bocce tournament today, as not every throw went exactly to plan!

River Ridge I Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Thorunn Einarson
Silver: Ilona Panadisz
Bronze: Alice Kolisnyk
Billiards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Ken McColl
Silver: Nick Wolfe
Bronze: Ed Hologroski

At River Ridge I residents turned out in droves to try their luck at Bocce and Billiards. Lots of new faces filled the Bocce court gallery while many in the Bistro reminisced on their misspent youth in pool halls of old! The Bocce green had new visitors as the WKCI Wolverine Hockey team showed up to take on the River Ridge All Stars, but in the end, the students were quickly ‘schooled’ by the veteran Bocce players! 24 players took to the court in a battle over the Palino! Over in the Bistro, the pool sharks cruised the felt. The Wolverines were quickly challenged by Team River Ridge who produced their own team jerseys. Luckily no one threw down their gloves or pulled off jerseys. Instead, there was cheering, joking and all round good spirits! …and a couple of amazing trick shots! “Bocce was not our amico (friend) today; we threw high scores but it was probably because we were so excited!” Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Eden Ramsay, from Ronald McDonald House who participated in congratulating the winning athletes on their performances. ADVICE OF THE DAY: Gold Medalist Ken McColl offered: “in pool, it’s not about getting the ball in the pocket, it’s about knowing where your ball ends up!”

River Ridge II Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Alma Janik
Silver: Helen Hermann
Bronze: Mavis Shearer
Billiards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Charles McMechan
Silver: Grace Shelton
Bronze: Ed Politzer
The Boulevard North Jumbo Memory Cards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Merle D.
Silver: Wanda O.
Bronze: Betty B.

At River Ridge II, 4 Billiards players, 5 Memory Card Players and 15 Bocce players battled for medals. The morning got off to an excellent start as the Bocce court produced 15 players trying their throw for medals! We were very impressed by their skill and talents! Our Bocce Ball court was packed, with the highest attendance for our Games! Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Carly Kowalchuk from Diabetes Canada who participated in congratulating the winning athletes on their performances. Our Gold medalist for Bocce Ball was shocked to find out she was the top score! They were all 1 inch away from each position, making it a close competition!

Shaftesbury Park Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Shelagh Miller
Silver: Derek Fewer
Bronze: Clara Zamick
Billiards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Arnold Soanes
Silver: Walter Stern
Bronze: Bob Miller
Boulevard Bean Bag Toss
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Shirley R.
Silver: Gordon Mc.
Bronze: Shirley W.

At Shaftesbury Park Retirement Residence, 12 Pool Sharks and 34 Bocce players battled for medals. The morning got off to an excellent start as the Round Robin produced 8 Bocce players vying for medals! We were very impressed by their skill and talents! During the morning bocce round, Mrs. M. showed that athletes really do have their superstitions as she waited for the red bocce ball to be switched to a green because her husband is Irish and that’s what he’d want her to use. It must have worked since she ended up touching the pallina that round! Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Grace and Ginger from the Canadian Mental Health Association, who participated in congratulating the winning athletes on their performances. During the bean bag toss in the Boulevard, Mrs. B. exclaimed “I swear the holes on that board keep moving!” as her bean bag soared past the corn-hole board.

Cedarcroft Place Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Iva B.
Silver: Vera A.
Bronze: Jeanette B.

At Cedarcroft Place, the morning got off to an excellent start as the Round Robin produced 18 Bocce players vying for medals! We were very impressed by their skill and talents! Some residents were just too strong – they’ve been going to too many exercise classes – and other residents were right on the money, rolling their bocce ball within inches of the pallina. Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Tonya (Health and Wellness Director) and Vicki (volunteer) who participated in congratulating the winning athletes on their performances. Gold Medalist Ms. B. exclaimed: “It’s not just about winning. It’s laughter, being with other people, and having fun. That’s what the games are all about.”

Courtyards on Eagleson
Horse Shoes
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Milka P.
Silver: John S.
Bronze: Gordon D.

At The Courtyards on Eagleson 25 Athletes battled for medals in Horse Shoes. It’s wonderful to see the effort and determination in each athlete as they compete using mobility aides such as walkers and wheelchairs. Nothing can keep the competitive spirit down with this wonderful group of seniors. We had 15 athletes hovering around the 11 point mark and it wasn’t until the last few athletes went that we had our Gold and Silver medalists toss remarkable scores of 17 and 15 respectively. Everyone had a ton of fun as we cheered each other on with the motivating Live music from Nigel Harris. We had an impromptu dance party because we finished the game about 10 minutes prior to the medal ceremony. What a fun day!!!. Oreo the Cat kept coming onto our Horse Shoe “pit” and sitting right beside the Horse Shoe Stake! That cat is always trying to be the centre of attention!! And today he sure succeeded – not to mention that his owner brought home the Silver Medal – Way to go John S. and Oreo!! Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Barbara McDougall from Tea and Toast who participated in congratulating the winning athletes on their performances. Barbara then escorted several athletes into the dining rooms and enjoyed a delicious lunch served by “Chefie”. Competitor Beverly S. felt sorry for the three horse walking around in their socks. When I asked her what she meant, and she replied “Well you’ve got six horse shoes in your hand, that must mean there are 3 horses out there without shoes on!!!!

Beacon Heights Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Donald Price
Silver: Diane Hoskins
Bronze: Doris Tallon
Billiards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Jack Woodbury
Silver: Donald Lavergne
Bronze: Brian Mansfield

Another great day at Beacon Heights. We started with the billiards competition this morning…we had 10 gentlemen registered to play. We had some very good players at BH and some who are more amateur…we had to pursue the rounds in the afternoon to get the winners…Some of the ladies watching decided that they were going to practice this year and be playing during next year games. Then we played Bocce ball, another fun game…lots of excitement and laughter. Pascale Lalonde from the “Council on Aging” came to explain to the residents what their mandate is and how they go about helping the seniors. Very interesting! Did you know that in 2031, seniors will make up over 20% of Ottawa’s population? “Residents started making jokes by putting the pompom on their head and saying: “Oh I always wanted to be a blonde or a red head!!”

Cité Parkway Retirement Residence
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Helene Chatelain
Silver: Francoise Paris
Bronze: Claude Laliberte
Billiards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Normand Lafreniere
Silver: Jean Marc Lalonde
Bronze: Raymond Malette

At Cite Parkway Retirement Residence, 7 Billiard players and 14 Bocce players battled for medals. The morning got off to an excellent start as the Round Robin produced 5 Bocce players vying for medals & bragging rights! We were very impressed by their skill, talents, enthusiasm and support for their fellow athletes! Later the Pool Sharks showed their finesse in a gripping tournament that left mouths agape when Normand L. took control of the table and attained what he had been waiting all year long to achieve: a sparkling gold medal! The athletes expressed how after months of training for certain games, they were extremely impressed at the results of themselves and their fellow residents! What an exciting week! Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Nicholas Kelly, who participated in congratulating the winning athletes on their performances. JOKE OF THE DAY: Gold Medalist Helene C. quipped: “Why is woman’s soccer so rare? It’s hard to find enough women willing to wear the same outfit!”

Chapel Hill Retirement Residence
Billiards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Robert Langis
Silver: Gerald Boileau
Bronze: Frank Thiessen
Bocce
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Norman MacPherson
Silver: Phillipe Lalonde
Bronze: Yvette Rousseau

At Chapel Hill Retirement Residence, the morning got off to an early start as our Bocce Players came down early to cheer on the Billiards players! We had many first time Bocce Players who were surprised at their own skill. The competition inspires you to test your limits and try something new that is the beauty of the All Seniors Care Senior Games. Last year’s Gold Medalist Yvette R. was on fire again with her skills so much so that one of her male competitors stated she has an unfair advantage because of how closer she is to the ground!

Résidence de la Gappe – Phase 1
Sandbags
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Mr. Roland Trudel
Silver: Mrs. Alice Plouffe Dubois (carefloor)
Bronze: Mr. Roger Bédard

At Résidences de la Gappe phase 1, we had residents from our regular and care floors playing together at the sand bag competition. One resident decided to pretend that the bags were tomatoes, making a tomato sauce to the great joy and amusement of the other competitors! Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Mrs. Boucher from Vital Aire who participated in congratulating the winning athletes on their performances. Today we threw sand bags but dreamed of sand beaches (it is very snowing in our region today 10 to 15cm.)

Résidence de la Gappe – Phase 2
Pétanque Atout
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Rachel L.
Silver: Myrianne D.
Bronze: Jeannette C.

At Résidence de la gappe phase 2, 30 players battled for medals. Our residents were in force and good moods. The ladies were very throwing the balls. They faced each other with their Bang Bangers. Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Directrice des soins Julie Farmer, residents and employee participated in congratulating the winning athletes on their performances. Residents and staff ended the days with a Bang Bang combat that looked like a light sabre battle from the movie Star Wars.

Résidence de la Gappe – Phase 3 & 4
Billiards Womens
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Georgette Landry
Silver: Gislaine Auger
Bronze: Ella Gouin
Billiards Mens
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Rémi Pelchat
Silver: Gerard Carrère
Bronze: Donald Richard
Pétanque-Atout
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Josette Race
Silver: Joseph Beaudoin
Bronze: Madeleine Lambert

At Résidence de la Gappe phase 3 and 4 billiards players and Pétanque atout players battled for medals. The morning got off to an excellent start as the Round Robin produced 31 pétanque atout players vying for medals! We were very impressed by their skill and talents! “It’s only the middle of the week of the ASCG but at the end of the day during our medal ceremony our activity director Annie accidentally had given the wrong medal for the wrong sport to the wrong person. We all started laughing like it was a laughter yoga session. It was too funny! We then gathered our cheerleaders our residents to encourage our participants in the games today, it was magical! Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Marthe Villeneuve our Pétanque atout assistant, M. Jean Claude Gelly our billiards assistant, Hélène Lirette our general manger, Annie Levesque and Jacquie McKnight director of activities of phase 3 and 4, who participated in congratulating the winning athletes on their performances. JOKE OF THE DAY: Why did the chicken cross the road? Because there were chicks on the other side.

Château Symmes Symmes Retirement Residence
Billiards
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Roger Lambert
Silver: René Laine
Bronze: Roger Goulet
Pétanque Atout
Medal: Athletes Name:
Gold: Carson Sullivan
Silver: Marie-Rose Chevrier
Bronze: Paul Malizia

At Château Symmes, The morning got off to an excellent start for the Pétanque Atout (Bocce) many players were here filled with great enthusiasm, they are just like kids in a candy store. The competition started strong but with so much laughter. Later on the Pool Sharks showed their skill… two women and six men. Athletes were joined at the award ceremony by Michelle, who participated in congratulating the winning athletes on their performances. And again this year Carson, gold medalist of Pétanque Atout did his outstanding dance of joy!!!