Richfield and Salina have been chosen as sites for the Utah Southern Region summer games that will precede the state-wide event in Cedar City. This will be the second year the games have been staged in Sevier County and directed by John Roberts, Richfield Parks and Recreation Department supervisor.
The games are designed to reward dedicated and worthy amateur athletes and to motivate Utahns to enhance and maintain high levels of physical fitness.The South Region comprises the counties of Beaver, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Kane, Millard, Piute, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Washington and Wayne.
Roberts said competition will be conducted in archery, basketball, bowling, horseshoes, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, 10-kilometer run, trap shooting and volleyball. Many events are sponsored in divisions so that every participant can compete against those of similar ages and abilities.
The director announced appointments to the general committee for the regional games: Mel Briggs, Dana Shaw and Jeff Brewer, Salina; Cliff Bush, Kevin Brown, Don Olsen, Rick Labrum and Carma Thomas, Richfield; and Russ Nielson, Monroe.
It was also announced that the Richfield City Council has approved purchase of a computer swim timer that will be used for the summer games and for other competition. Swimming pool manager Terral Dunn told the council that he thought the equipment would provide an eventual payback for its $5,451 by sponsoring more competitive events.