Seniors shine

John Watson (left) raising his hand in triumph.
John Watson (left) raising his hand in triumph.

 

by Wade Gibbons

 

Hundreds turned up at the National Stadium today to watch as senior athletes rolled back the years, and perhaps added a few more to their longevity, at the annual National Senior Games being held over two days this year.
 
Once again some of the usual suspects were in terrific form. Senior stand-out Ainsley Lovell was among those in winners’ row taking the 400 metres in the age 60 – 64 category. The popular Janita Austin was also among those top of the podium when she won the standing long jump.

Ainsley Lovell
Ainsley Lovell


 
One of the ‘youngsters’ who shone on the day was Gayle Headley. She showed good finishing power in capturing the 400 metres for athletes in the 45 to 49 age group. John Watson and Bradley Broomes had the crowd cheering them on in the men’s equivalent race which Watson eventually took.

Lester Herbert (right) getting the better of Patrick Bourne (left).
Lester Herbert (right) getting the better of Patrick Bourne (left).


 
The quarter-mile provided some stirring battles during the day and in the 50 to 54 age group Lester Herbert staved off a spirited run from Patrick Bourne to win their 400 metres event. Greg Ward had little trouble in disposing of the opposition in his 400 metres for athletes 40 to 44 years.

The games continue tomorrow starting at 1 p.m.

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