By Anita Hymel, Contributing writer
Luling’s Bill Elrod and Jack Bartle of Baton Rouge make a pretty good tandem as friends. But it turns out the duo form a pretty good shuffleboard team as well.
The two competed in doubles shuffleboard at the National Senior Olympic games in Birmingham, Ala. in June. They finished seventh in the 80 to 84 age bracket.
It was quite a feat considering the numbers involved. Over 10,000 athletes signed up to compete in 19 different team and individual sports this year in Birmingham beginning at age 50 and competing in five year increments to over 100 years old. Competitors journeyed to Alabama from all 50 states plus the District of Columbus and nine foreign countries and territories. Two hundred, seventeen athletes from Louisiana competed.
Being competitive in his 80’s helps his overall healthy lifestyle, Elrod said.
“(It’s) a motivator to keep exercising year round,” he said.
In additional to doubles shuffleboard, Elrod earned a sixth place finish in the men’s 80-84 age group in horseshoes. Bartle placed sixth in the singles shuffleboard competition in the 90-94 men’s event.
Posted 2017 07 25.