Are you familiar with The National Senior Games (NSG)? The NSG is a member organization of the United States Olympics Committee whose mission is to promote health and wellness through education and fitness to people age 50 and over. And, that age is just a number, as their member competitors’ show.
Recently the NSG held their competitive, multi-sport event in Cleveland, Ohio July 19 – August 1, 2013. The event was sponsored by the Humana Health Organization and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and approximately 12,000 senior athletes (people age 50 and over) competed in 21 core sports areas.
The National Senior Games – The Results Are In!
Athletes from all over the United States competed in 21 categories at the National Senior Games. The participants are grouped by their ages from 50 to 100 in this manner: 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-75, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, and 95-100. A winner is selected from each age group for all of the sports. Here are 10 of the categories and the ages that competed.
1. Archery. There were 4 different competitions for Archery with more male competitors in some groups than women: Barebow compound, Barebow recurve, Compound Fingers and Compound Release. The Barebow compound and Barebow Recurve sections had first place competitors from ages 50 through 84. The Compound Release section had first place competitors in only the 55-69 age ranges for women, and 55-94 for the men’s groups. In the Compound Fingers section, there were competitors in the 55-69 age groups for women and the 55-94 age ranges for men.
2. Basketball. Both men and women’s groups competed, ages 50-80+ with first place winners in several age groups.
3. Bocce. Both men and women competed, the youngest woman “gold” winner was in the 55-59 age group, and the oldest gold male winner was in the 80-84 age group.
4. Cycling. Both men and women participated in 5k, 10k, 20k, and 40k in age groups 50-89.
5. Golf. Golf had both men and women competitors ranging in age from 50-95+.
6. Horseshoes. Competitors in the men’s group ranged from age 50-94. The range in the women’s groups was from 54-84.
7. Softball. Competitors were in the 50 to 70+ age groups.
8. Swimming. Swimming had many competitors in age groups from 51 to 74. There were several categories, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and IM (individual medley – a combination of all).
9. Table Tennis. Competitors ranged from 50 through 90+, both men and women, in singles and doubles competitions.
10. Volleyball. Competitors in both men’s and women’s groups ranged from 50 through 70+.
The individual results, and winners, of each category are too numerous to print here, but you can take a look at them yourself at the National Senior Games website, 2013 results (see link below). However, I’d like to also tell you that out of several “Personal Best” athletes selected at the National Senior Games this year, two of them were in their 90’s – Howard Hall, 91, of Frankfort, Kentucky, and Mary Lauffer, age 95, of Annapolis, Maryland.
These amazing seniors illustrate that your age number doesn’t have to define you – you can re-write the definition of whatever age you are. Getting and staying fit and healthy can help you be a winner in whatever endeavor you choose. Congratulations to all the senior athletes – you are all awesome!
National Senior Games Results, http://www.nsga.com/2013-results.aspx