Resident takes home 12 medals at craft competition

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Airdrie’s Carolyn Alway took home four medals at this year’s Alberta 55 Plus Fall Provincial Craft Competition in High Prairie Sept. 14, 15 and 16.

Out of the four crafts she entered, Alway won three gold and one silver medal.

The 76-year-old said it’s a great feeling of accomplishment to win but wishes there were more people to compete with. Alway added she believes the lack of prize money is correlated to the amount of people entering.

Currently, winners only take home medals instead of cash prizes in the craft competition.

“To enter crafts is expensive. When you consider what it takes to make a large afghan – you’ve probably spent $70 worth just on your yarn,” she said.

Alway is no stranger to competing in the craft world. In 2013, she entered the Alberta 55 Plus Club Games for the first time and won three bronze medals. In 2015, she won a gold medal for a crocheted sweater.

Learning to crochet when she was just 10 years old, Alway said it has given her a sense of accomplishment.

“I don’t do it to compete against other people, I do it for my own satisfaction,” she said.

Alway added it’s important for seniors to keep themselves busy and hopes more seniors will get involved with their community, thanks to events such as the craft competition.

“I don’t think people realize, but you live a lot longer if you get out there and get involved,” she said.

In August, Alway entered a craft into all 12 sections of the qualifying competition in Carstairs, taking home eight gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

Alway said she’s happy with how she did at the competition and is already looking forward to next year.

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