The National Senior Games not only saw records being broken in the 13th year of the event, but it also attracted participants from Trinidad, St. Vincent and the U.S.A.
Speaking at the opening ceremony held at the National Stadium last Saturday, Minister of Social Care, Steve Blackett, explained: ???This year, we have the additional treat of having two days of the Games. I am particularly happy to see so many athletes participating here today. It is my understanding that the numbers have increased to 300 athletes.??? He added that this year???s event also featured a special zoning component, which categorised athletes based on their constituencies.
The zones each featured the name of a former Barbadian Olympian: the Eastern Zone was represented by James Wedderburn (Rome,1960); the Southern Zone, by Leo Garnes (Barcelona, 1992); Frieda Nicholls (Munich 1972, Montreal 1976) represented the Northern Zone; Marcia Trotman (Munich 1972) was the representative for the Central Zone; while Rawle Clarke (Montreal 1976) represented the Southern Zone.
In the 100 metres, Victor Young emerged victorious in the 75-79 age category for men, while June Benjamin copped race first place in the women???s 70-74 age group, with Kathy Harper-Hall topping seniors 75-79.
Greg Ward took home the gold in the men???s 400 metre race for seniors in the 40-44 category. Lester Herbert of Trinidad and Tobago was not only victorious in the 400 metres race for men aged 50-54, but he also set a new record of (55.42).
Nine records were set on the opening day of the National Senior Games, which were held at the National Stadium, Waterford.