By Gary West
It was Freedom 55 in Shakespeare last week, when the mixed league 55+ Stratford Swans’ slow pitch players were at the Shakespeare Ball Park playing nine innings of ball, which they do in the summer months.
Chatting with the players in the game going on, they all say they thoroughly enjoy coming to the village and they’ve been together for over 10 years. Team members come from Shakespeare, Stratford, St. Mary's, Woodstock, Dorchester and Ayr. They sharpen up their batting and fielding skills once a week in Shakespeare.
One of the organizers is manager Sandra McLellan, from St. Mary’s, who states they are part of the Ontario Senior Games Association (OSGA) and they do go in tournaments and their provincial tournament this year will be in Peterborough August 9 to August 11. She says they always come out to have a lot of fun Thursday mornings and they all feel keeping fit while having fun is their main objective.