Shelley Goertzen is a master athlete competitor - here's her story!

Shelley GoertzenI had the pleasure of attending the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver from August 26 to September 4 this year. This was the inaugural year for the Americas Masters, which is a subset of the World Masters Games which have been held every 4 years since 1985. And it was a great success!

Thousands of athletes came from all over North and South America, as well as from Europe and Asia (I guess no athlete is turned away) to compete in one of 24 sports, in age categories from 30+ all the way up to the age category of 100+ in Athletics.

Three dedicated members of PGOSA finally retired from PSAG

Outgoing PSAG directorsParksville is well known for its enthusiastic support of softball/slo-pitch. What is PSAG?  We refer to it as PSAG which translates to Parksville Senior Athletic Group. 
PGOSA enthusiastically supports this activity which is run by PSAG-- a separate association dedicated to running the PGOSA House League teams....a daunting task. At the recent PSAG AGM it was announced that 3 long time Directors were stepping down.....they are (pictured from left to right) Roger Oxley, Gregg Dawe and Martin DeBarros.

Coming up it will be the 20th anniversary of Bob and Sheila's PGOSA membership


Bob and Sheila DaleBob and Sheila Moved to BC from Manitoba in 1967.  Bob retired from BC Tel and Sheila from The Province, Vancouver in 1993 after 25 years.  Bob and Sheila moved to Parksville in July,1996 from White Rock. They Joined PGOSA in spring of 1997

They both volunteer with the SPCA and Canadian Cancer Society starting in 1997.
With SPCA. Bob and Sheila started by helping with their fund raising Flea Markets and for many years now, they have organized 2-3 sales a year.

Norm Spent many years serving Canada in the Armed forces

Norm JoyceNorm was born in New Westminster on Dec. 31, 1955 and raised in Newton Surrey, B.C. After graduating in June of 1974, Norm went on to join the Canadian Armed Forces in December of 1975.  Norm did his basic training in Cornwallis, N.S., until the spring of 1976 and then did his Seamanship and Trades training as a Radio Operator at CFB Esquimalt that summer.
Norm was posted to his first ship — the HMCS Provider — in early 1977. He served two years on board, and then was posted to CFS Aldergrove in Aldergrove for two years.

When it comes to 'pulling your weight' these two PGOSANS are tops

Ed FergussonBrenda and Ed Fergusson have been PGOSA members since they retired to Parksville in 2005. Brenda is a regular PGOSA walker and Ed likes to skate and ski. Over and above participation in skating, skiing and walking, Ed, an Olympic weightlifter, a qualified coach and a competition official is still competing and coaching Olympic Lifting on a regular basis.
But their activity at the gym is what sets them apart. At 81 years of age Ed has won many medals and awards over the last 50 years. He currently holds the Canadian Masters record, the BC record and the Alberta record for his age/weight category.

When you get to age of 90, take a leaf out of Len's book

Len PetersonThe only way to describe our long time Parksville Golden Oldies Sports Association (PGOSA) member, Len Peterson, is to say, “He is still going strong at the ripe young age of 90!” With his athleticism and physical ability he would put to shame many younger gentleman PGOSANS .

 

Len was born on April 6, 1926 in Camrose, Alberta; his siblings and parents lived on a farm in Czar but the nearest hospital was few train stops away in Camrose.

We're priviledged to have Bernice working tirelessly for PGOSA

Bernice DiakowThe many services provided by PGOSA to our nearly 1,600 members are due to the tireless contributions of our volunteers. It is a pleasure to profile Bernice Diakow — one of PGOSA’s most active volunteers.
Bernice and her late husband, Bernie, originally came to Vancouver Island from Saskatchewan.  They settled in Port Alberni, where Bernie worked in the logging industry.  The couple retired to Parksville in 1991 and soon joined a new sports association — the Parksville Golden Oldies Sports Association.  It had about 100 members then. 

Meet Kelly and Ben Walburger - A father and Son PGOSA team

Kelly and BenBen was here before PGOSA was formed and joined when they began a softball team.  Here's their story in Ben's words.
Ben (85 years young) states he is the only original player left in the PGOSA league, and that he played in the first BC senior games as a member “we got skunked..yet many other times we brought medals home.”
Ben has 15 medals or more, with 2 very dear to his heart, one was winning the "gold" in Port Alberni with a grand slam win over the White Rock team.

Barry the Ball Player Extraordinaire and Engineer!

Barry FurneauxBarry Furneaux grew up and went to school in Duncan B.C. where he played semi-pro ball.  He graduated with a BSc in Geology in 1960. He and his wife moved to Qualicum Beach in 1968 after 11 moves all along Coastal B.C. He worked as a Geologist, a Forest Ranger and a Forest Engineer.
They built their house in Qualicum Beach in 1970 and have maintained it ever since. They run a licensed farm and grow fruit, vegetables and chickens.
In 1977 Barry started overseas contracting in 11 countries. Bhutan was his favourite place where he worked for King Jignee . In 1992 Barry became a P.Eng and an Arborist.

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