55 PLUS WINTER GAMES WINNERS – From left to right

Clive woman wins silver medal at 55 Plus Winter Games

There are only 26 letters in the alphabet, but for Janice Johnson, that means unlimited possibilities

There are only 26 letters in the alphabet, but for Janice Johnson, that means unlimited possibilities when it comes to the challenging game of Scrabble.

The Clive woman recently competed at the 2015 Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games held in Lethbridge.

“It really was a lot of fun,” she said of the experience. “I’ve never attended before.”

Johnson competed in the Scrabble 70 Plus Open, along with many other local competitors in various sports and categories for Zone 4, which includes Rocky Mountain House, Stettler, Camrose, Red Deer and Lacombe. Zone 4 competitors played in Scrabble, shuffleboard, darts and curling.

“There were quite a few venues and over 1,000 participants,” she said of the Games.

To qualify to attend the 55 Plus Games, Johnson had to ‘out-word’ more than a few players during scrabble playoffs held in Mirror.

The playoffs were held last fall and from there she made the cut to attend to represent Zone 4.

Johnson said the competition at the Games was fierce, starting at 9 a.m. each day, over a two-day period, with each game lasting 50-minutes and just a few breaks in between.

“We played seven games a day,” she said. “It was pretty intense.”

In the Scrabble 70 Plus Open final, Johnson took on Laverne Brooks of Calgary. Brooks out-matched Johnson, but Johnson still won a coveted silver medal.

Walter Hawksworth of Mirror, also competed in the Scrabble 70 Plus category, as a player from Zone 2 couldn’t make it so he filled in for the player for the two-day competition.

Johnson and Hawksworth competed against each other at the Games, like they had during the Mirror playoffs.

Hawksworth won a bronze medal in the Scrabble 70 Plus Open final.

“It’s all about who gets the letters,” explained Johnson about her technique.

Johnson has been honing her Scrabble skills her whole life.

Some of her opponents practice online, but Johnson has a more challenging opponent to practice with, her 96-year-old mother.

“She keeps me on my toes,” she said.

Johnson practices with her mother three times a week, but recently wanted to test her skills out on someone else, which is why she attended the scrabble playoffs last fall.

Lisa Hawksworth, of Mirror, also competed in the Scrabble 55 Plus Open category and came home with a silver medal.

Frank Snopek, of Camrose, and Hazel Heistad, of Lacombe, won gold medals in the 55 Plus Table Shuffleboard competition.

Linda Stevenson, of Camrose, and Fran Kelly, of Lacombe, won a bronze medal in 55 Plus Women’s Doubles in darts.

news@lacombeexpress.com

 

Just Posted

Lacombe Police Service requests help finding missing person

Melissa Oswell was last seen on May 15th, after walking away from a health facility in Lacombe

Lacombe Composite High School students win gold at Skills Alberta Competition

Camryn Grant and Ben Rainforth will represent Team Alberta at Nationals in Halifax

Lacombe Police joins in on Canada Road Safety Week

1,841 motor vehicle fatalities and 9,960 serious injuries due to motor vehicle collisions in 2017

City of Lacombe council highlights – May 13, 2019

The next scheduled Regular Council Meeting is on May 27th

Social justice at the forefront at Father Lacombe Catholic School

Charity projects highlight Catholic Education Week

VIDEO: LCHS Hair Massacure supports children’s charities

Event supports kids living with cancer

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Authorities warn out-of-control wildfire could cut northern Alberta town’s electricity

Alberta Transportation has closed Highway 35 south of High Level due to the fire

‘Rope-a-dope’: Environmentalists say Alberta war room threat won’t distract them

Those against Alberta Premier Jason Kenney aren’t worried about promise to fight critics of energy industry

Almost $13 million to be paid to Grande Prairie hospital subcontractors, others

No reasons for the Court of Queen’s Bench order were released

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Speed, alcohol considered factors in deadly Calgary crash: police

Two female passengers in the Corolla, aged 31 and 65, died at the scene

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

‘What’s your number?’: Advocates urge Canadians to check their blood pressure

May 17 is World Hypertension Day, marked to spread awareness on the risks of high blood pressure

Most Read