Stettler-region crib teams qualify for Alberta 55-Plus Summer Games

Four seniors from Erskine and Big Valley have qualified for the coming Alberta 55-Plus Summer Games in cribbage doubles.

Seniors cribbage doubles winners (from left) Earl Ortman and Lynne Gjaltema of Big Valley and Linda and Donald Thomas of Erskine emerged as champions in an Alberta 55-Plus Games qualifier.

Four seniors from Erskine and Big Valley have qualified for the coming Alberta 55-Plus Summer Games in cribbage doubles.

Donald and Linda Thomas of Erskine won the 55-plus division for Zone 4, while Lynne Gjaltema and Earl Ortman of Big Valley captured the 70-plus division at the zone playdowns last Wednesday at the Stettler Recreation Centre.

Both teams now qualify for the Alberta 55-Plus Summer Games, which are set for July 25 to 28 in Westlock and Barrhead.

“We really didn’t expect to win,” said Linda Thomas.

For the Thomas clan, this year marks the second time the family will compete in a provincial games.

She recalled that her children participated in provincial Summer Games competitions “many years ago.”

Six teams competed in the 70-plus division, with five entered in the 55-plus category.

Local communities plan to host more playdowns in other disciplines to qualify for the Summer Games.

Mirror will host military whist on April 20 at Jolly Seniors Centre.

Swimming will take place at the Stettler Recreation Centre on May 10.

Slo-pitch hits the ball fields in Bashaw from May 29 to June 5.


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