Webb to be inducted into Hall of Fame
By Katherine Miller
CROWLEY – During the September meeting of the Acadia Council on Aging, which was held this past Tuesday, Mrs. Louise Webb, a resident of Crowley, received notification that she will be inducted into the Louisiana Senior Olympic Games Hall of Fame.
The letter, addressed by Lori Faris Lauve, director of operations for the Louisiana Senior Olympic Games in Baton Rouge, stated that Webb’s husband of 64 years, John had nominated her for the award for her “lifelong commitment to sports that sets you apart from the other nominated athletes.”
Lauve also extended Mrs. Webb an invitation to she and her family for a special Athlete’s Luncheon during which a presentation will be made in her honor.
“I was choked up when we received the letter from the state,” said John Webb. “I was inducted in the year 2001, and it is such a wonderful honor that my wife has received the same honor.”
This organization is not for profit and was designed to promote physical fitness and an improved quality of life for people over the age of 50 through sports and physical training. LSOG plans, promotes, and conducts a statewide program, which includes competitions held at the local, state and national levels. The National Senior games are held every two years.
Senior citizens have the option of competing in such events as bowling, archery, badminton, basketball, billiards, pickleball, golf, swimming, power lifting and track and field events.
“We became involved in the Senior Olympics in the year 1985 when they first began,” stated Webb. “We were also the first two members from the Acadiana area.”
Membership in the area has now exceeded 30 members.
For many years, they participated in bowling events, until a few years ago when Mr. Webb went through surgery for his shoulder. As the years went on, the couple were involved in many of the other events, such as horseshoe, rifle, and softball accuracy throwing in the Olympics, which have brought them to complete nationally in such places as Louisville, Kentucky and Orlando, Florida. Last year, on their first national attempt at competition in the shuffleboard doubles, they proudly brought home a silver medal.
The honorary luncheon will be held on Saturday, November 7 in Baton Rouge. Much of the Webb’s family will be present for the special occasion.