EASTERN WAKE COUNTY — Fourteen residents from the local and surrounding communities competed in the Johnston County Senior Games April 8-19 and stockpiled 76 medals along the way.
Leading the participants from the Middlesex, Wendell and Zebulon areas were Alan Jeffreys in the 60-64 age group (11 Gold Medals, 10 Silvers and two Bronzes), Charles Creech in the 65-69 age group (nine Golds, three Silvers and two Bronzes), Earley Wilder in the 75-79 group (eight Golds and four Silvers), and Ezelle Johnson in the 90-94 division (six Gold Medals).
Johnson, 92, was the oldest female participant in the games.
Other medal winners were 60-64 age group competitors Ava Thompson (three Golds) and Felton Thompson (two Golds); in the 65-69 division, Carmen Creech (two Golds and two Silvers) and John Grey (one Silver); in the 70-74 division, Leland Boyette (one Gold, three Silvers and one Bronze); and in the 75-79 group, Rebecca Wilder (one Gold, one Silver and four Bronze Medals).
Also participating in the games from the local area were Judy Green (55-60 age group), Harriet Nusser (65-69), John Nusser (70-74) and Mary Tedder (85-89 division).
The Johnston County Senior Games, which began in 1987 and are sanctioned by the North Carolina Senior Games, are geared toward year-round health promotion and education programs for adults 55 years and older.
More than 200 seniors throughout Johnston County competed in a variety of sporting events – three-on-three basketball, basketball throw, billiards, bocce, bowling, cornhole, cycling, football throw, golf, horseshoes, shuffleboard, softball throw, spin casting, swimming, table tennis, tennis and track and field.
There were also events in heritage arts, like pottery, quilting, weaving and woodcarving; visual arts, including drawing, painting, photography and sculpting; literary arts of various types of writing; and performing arts, including comedy, dance, instrumental and vocal.
Those who qualified at the county level are eligible to attend the state games in Raleigh in the fall.