Lawrenceburg, Tenn. – A team of eight senior athletes from the Moore County Senior Center as well as Center Director Kathy Jones traveled to Lawrenceburg last week to participate in the 2012 Tennessee Senior Olympic games.
Area seniors ages 50 and older were invited to showcase their athletic abilities and share in some friendly competition at the South Central District Senior Olympics.
Individuals competed within five-year age groups, starting at age 50. Participants who are 49 years old are eligible to participate in the district and state games as long as they turn 50 before the end of 2012.
Events included Opening Ceremonies, Health and Fitness Walk, basketball free throw, shuffleboard, softball throw, badminton, golf, track and field events, horseshoes, table tennis, tennis, swimming, bowling, Lunch and Awards Banquet, and Closing ceremonies.
All participants in each event at the district level advanced to the state competition that takes place on July 13-19 in Williamson County.
“The games are designed to promote camaraderie and teamwork among fellow senior athletes, all while emphasizing the fact that exercise is important at any age,” said Christine Dewbre, executive director of the Tennessee Senior Olympics.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, presenting sponsor and a long-time supporter of the Tennessee Senior Olympics, helped establish the games in 1981. Now entering their 32nd year, the Tennessee Senior Olympics founders and sponsors are still steadfastly dedicated to promoting healthy and active lifestyles among seniors.
According to Dr. Inga Himelright, chief medical officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the games help immensely to motivate and encourage the adaptation of an active lifestyle.
“An active lifestyle for seniors means a better quality of life,” said Himelright. “Staying fit and participating with other area seniors in these games is a step in the right direction.”
Joining BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee as sponsors of the South Central District games are Walgreens, South Central Development District, Galaxy Lanes, Lawrenceburg Parks and Recreation Department, and Shelbyville Recreation Center.•
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