Early bird discount available to Senior Olympics competitors

Early bird discount available to Senior Olympics competitors

By: Donna Ryder Messenger Associate Editor

By DONNA RYDER
Messenger Associate Editor
Senior citizens who wish to participate in the Tennessee Senior Olympics and want to receive the early bird discount need to act now.
Applications qualifying for the early bird discount must be postmarked by Friday. Applications are available at the Eddie Cox Senior Center on Depot Street in Union City or online at www.tnseniorolympics.com. The early bird application fee is $35.
The Tennessee Senior Olympics will be held July 18-24 in Williamson County. First- through fourth-place winners in the district games are eligible to compete on the state level. The final application deadline is June 6. The fee after Friday will be $45.
There are additional fees for those competing in more than 10 categories, as well as those competing in bowling and golf. There is a $5 fee for those attending the party on June 21.
Anyone may compete in the archery, 5K and 10K road races, cycling, the fitness walk, pickleball, racquetball, tennis and any sport not offered on the district level. Participants in the open 5K/10K road races and cycling have until July 7 to register. The golf deadline is Aug. 25.
The Tennessee Senior Olympics began in 1981 with a mission that has continued for over 25 years: to promote healthy lifestyles for senior adults through fitness, sports and an active involvement in life. The Senior Olympics encourages older adults to stay active and gives them a reason to renew past skills or learn new ones.
Key goals of the games are to:
• Maintain and improve the health and wellness of Tennessee’s seniors;
• Provide a competitive athletic, recreational and creative experience for seniors;
• Provide an opportunity for socialization for seniors from across the state.
A list of district winners was published in The Messenger on Wednesday. Other local winners whose names were not submitted due to an oversight in the district office were Grace Killion of Union City, first place in bowling singles; Diane Bell and Earl Bell of Troy, first place in mixed doubles bowling; and Anna Burkeen of Troy and Ronald Bates of Union City, third place in the mixed doubles bowling.
Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by e-mail at dryder@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 5.22.08

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