By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
RIVERVIEW – Riverview seniors had many golden – as well as silver and bronze – moments July 25 to 29, winning 28 medals at the 31st annual Downriver Senior Olympics in Wyandotte.
Participants, age 50 and up, from 18 eligible Downriver communities, competed in 23 events, from baking and basketball toss to swimming and tennis.
Participants also competed in five age divisions: 50 to 59, 60 to 69, 70 to 79, 80 to 84, and 85 and up.
“This year our participants with the Downriver Senior Olympics got to travel all the way to Wyandotte, not quite Brazil where the Olympians are right now,” Recreation Director Todd Dickman said at the Aug. 15 City Council meeting with tongue firmly in cheek.
Riverview’s first lady Darlene Swift won the most medals for the city, seven, with gold medals for baking bread, the car show and football throw; silver for softball throw and darts; and bronze for the chili cookoff and horseshoes.
Mayor Andrew Swift earned five medals: gold for the breaststroke and freestyle swim; and silver for Frisbee throw, soccer kick and the backstroke.
Councilman Elmer Trombley won a gold medal for horseshoes, silver for soccer kick and bronze for golf.
Other winners include Frank Christensen, winning bronze medals for tennis, ping pong and golf; Kaye Davis winning gold for the bean bag toss; Dayle Garrett earning gold for golf; and Rita Laing winning a silver medal for bocce ball.
Karen Orosz won silver for softball throw and bronze for soccer kick; Jimmie Ozment won gold for golf; James Schiller won gold for cookie baking; Sandra Schiller won bronze for backstroke, and silver for the breaststroke; and Ted Tackett won silver for basketball shooting.
Sally Clark, Phil Garity, Virgie O’Connor, Tom Warrow and Margaret Wlodkowski also represented Riverview.
Dickman said he hopes they have even more participants next year.
“I think every one of these people can tell you it’s a great time and you meet a lot of friends during the Downriver Senior Olympics,” Dickman said.