Auburn senior resident takes gold at State Senior Games
August 8, 2013 by James
The Washington State Senior Games recently took place for the 17th consecutive year, with Auburn resident Juan Teague winning four Gold medals and one Silver.
Over 2,000 athletes take part in the senior games with ages spanning 50 to 96 years of age. The events take place at Turnwater District Stadium, and the organizer, Paul Kelly, says that the number of older participants is increasing.
According to Kelly, the games are organized to encourage seniors to remain active and stay healthy. Kelly also stated that the turnout was slightly lower this year, but that could be due to the National Senior Games taking place at the same time. The number of participants has been above 2,000 for three years in a row.
One athlete, Francia Reynolds is a four-times champion and says that making new friends is one of the main benefits of the annual games. Reynolds has been taking part in the Senior Games since 1999, taking part in 14 annual events. The only year that she did not attend was in 2006, when she attended her daughter’s wedding ceremony.
The oldest competitor this year was George Rowsell, 96, who took part in the discus and shotput, winning Gold. Although the number of attendants is increasing every year, promotion is still necessary to provide details of the event and location. A local print company may be involved with the printing of various items, including flyers, posters and brochures, keeping costs as low as possible.