June 2nd-June 15th are the dates for the 30th Annual 2017 National Senior Games. The National Senior Games, a 19-sport, biennial competition for men and women 50 and over, is the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors. The games began with opening ceremony on Friday, June 2, 2017.
Gordon Haney 91, Luke Studdard 76, Gladys Mixon 65, and Carol Waddell 66 have qualified to compete in the National Games in Birmingham, Alabama. All four residents qualified through the Georgia Golden Olympics last September in Warner Robins GA. In order to qualify, athletes have to place 1st through 4th or meet minimum performance requirements.
Gordon Haney, Luke Studdard, and Gladys Mixon will be competing in the shuffleboard games on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 6th and 7th. All three of them will also be competing in the horseshoe games on June 10th in their age divisions. Carol Waddell will be competing in the hammer throw games on June 8th, shotput games on June 9th, and the javlin throw on June 11th.
“The thrill for me to go to these National Senior Games is to see these athletes in their 80’s, 90’s and up to 103 years old compete within their age groups.” said Carol Waddell when asked what was the best part of being a part of these games.
To see a full tentative schedule dates of the 19 medal sports, sport venues and the age-division/event specific schedule as well as daily stories of the games visit http://nsga.com/.