Seasoned citizens battle in Senior Games

Apr. 18, 2013 @ 05:30 PM

The 2013 United Senior Games have begun and local seniors have been busy competing in the different categories.

The games run from March 26 through April 26 and feature seniors competing from around the county.

On April 17, a number of seniors could be found competing in Bowling Doubles/Mixed Doubles at Skyway Lanes in Monroe.

“It’s nice to meet those in the same category as you,” Renai Chatman, who competed in Bowling Doubles/Mixed Doubles April 17, said.

She referred to being able to meet and socialize with fellow seniors during the games.

“You just meet some nice people,” Mary Stegall, who partnered with Chatman during the Bowling Doubles/Mixed Doubles competition, said.

This year there are 200 people participating in the United Senior Games, Hank Baucom, an assistant with the Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center in Monroe, who is helping to organize and run the games, said.

“We’ve had about the same number of participants but more participation,” Baucom said.

He referred to the fact that they have about the same number of participants as they’ve had in past years but this year more people seem to be participating in more events.

Charles Kilgo has participated in senior games held in other areas but this is the first year he’s participated in the United Senior Games in Union County.

“It’s just a lot of fun,” Kilgo said.

He enjoys bowling, which is one of the events he chose to compete in this year in addition to competing in Bocce and horseshoes.

“I just enjoy it,” Sara Nance said in reference to why she competes in the United Senior Games and has competed for years.

On April 17 Nance was competing in the Bowling Doubles/Mixed Doubles competition, which she has also competed in before.

In addition to enjoying meeting and socializing with fellow seniors during the games, it’s also good for exercise, Ron Nelson, who also competed in the Bowling Doubles/ Mixed Doubles competition April 17, said.

“The exercise is good, it keeps us young,” Nelson said.

The Closing Ceremony for the United Senior Games will be held April 26 at 6 p.m. at the Monroe Country Club, according to a United Senior Games calendar.

For more information about the United Senior Games contact the Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center at 704-282-4657.

On April 18, separate senior games events were scheduled to be held in Marshville.

According to an e-mail from Mandi Maske, the owner of Olive Branch Family Care Home, the games in Marshville were planned to start at 2:30 p.m. in the parking area of Marshville Presbyterian Church and would include food and an awards ceremony in addition to various activities for seniors. 

The event was open to any senior living in the Marshville area. This is the first year the event has been held and plans are to hold it again next year. As part of this year’s event, the seniors were to be paired with an elementary student in the Marshville Girls on the Run program to compete with, Maske said.