John, 96, won the snowboarding gold medal at games

Medal winners
Medal winners

A 96-year-old man won snowboarding gold at the Winter Games.

John Osgerby did not need to travel all the way to Sochi to compete however - the event took place in the cosy warmth of the Railway Tavern at Aby!

The pub is famous locally for holding its own version of the games and this was the third to be held at the pub.

The Aby Winter Games Weekender consisted of three events - snowboarding, winter games pool and snowball sledging.

Anyone could take part over three evenings.

Landlords Keith and Dawn Jacklin covered the pool table with white wadding to create a snow scene with various obstacles to play around.

The fastest clearance of all the balls on the table put competitors in line for a winter games pool medal.

The snowball sledging was created using a baking tray as the sledge with woollen snowballs balanced on top!

A slalom course to complete against the clock trying to keep as many of the snowballs on the sledge as possible was the tricky challenge.

The fastest time and if possible all the snowballs left on to won participants the medal.

Snowboarding was not quite as energetic as the Sochi version and there was little risk of injury!

It was a game with little toy snowboarders that jumped onto a cardboard slope with various scores dependant on where the snowboarders landed.

John Osgerby was the star snowboarder scoring 75 points.

Dawn said: “John is 96 and loved participating. He beat Sean Vines and Andy Holness who were in Silver and Bronze places respectively.”

Other winners were:

Winter Games Pool Gold medal Andy Holness; Silver medal Doug Buck; Bronze medal Bryan Parker.

Snowball Sledging Gold Sean Vines; Silver Paul O’Keeffe; Bronze Dominic Franks.

A special award Best Giggle of the Games went to Paula Parker for her Snowball Sledging run.

Dawn said: “It was the fastest time but unfortunately Paula lost all the snowballs very early in the run and then decided to make the fastest dash around the course with an empty sledge in tow, she had everyone in fits of laughter.

“Thanks to Keith Atkinson from Louth trophy centre for supplying the medals and trophy again.”