400 athletes reach for gold at CS Senior Games

UPDATE (2/21): Due to expected poor weather conditions, the cycling event has been canceled. 

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

Some senior athletes come out for the camaraderie, while others come to socialize and catch up with old friends. Others just come to experience the thrill of victory.

More than 400 athletes between the ages of 49-89 will go for the gold in the College Station Senior Games from Friday through Sunday at venues across our community. Participants include 345 visitors from outside B-CS and 117 women.  About 240 volunteers — mostly Texas A&M students — will help manage the event.

Photos: College Station Senior Games

The local Senior Games isn’t a qualifier for the national games, but most athletes use the event as a warm-up for the Texas State Games in San Antonio in late March.

We invite you to check out the action — admission is free! For more information and a complete schedule of events and locations, visit cstx.gov/seniorgames or call 979-764-3486.

Participants by Sport

3-on-3 Basketball 9 teams (44 players)
Basketball Skills 17
Basketball Free Throws 20
Bowling 38
Cornhole 33
Cycling 54
Disc Golf 8
Golf 20
Pickleball 95
5K and 10K Runs 22
Swimming 17
Table Tennis 25
Track and Field 90

Notable 

  • George Geronime, 89, of Bryan is the oldest male athlete. He’s competing in singles, doubles and mixed bowling.
  • Maria Yandell, 86, of Bryan is the oldest female athlete. She’s also competing in singles, doubles and mixed bowling.
  • DeEtte Sauer of Houston, a member of the Texas Senior Olympics Hall of Fame, will compete in six swimming events – 50 butterfly, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, and 200 individual medley. She has won more than 50 swimming medals in local, regional and national senior games. CBS News profiled her in 2017.
  • Michael McDavid of Buchanan Dam is competing in the most events at 17, mostly in track & field. In addition to nine running events, he’ll compete in the javelin, shot put, discus, high jump, and long jump. His non-track events are cycling, and basketball free throws and skills.
  • Tom Boyd is traveling 1,356 miles from Indio, California, to compete in pickleball. Other out-of-state athletes represent Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

The College Station Senior Games couldn’t happen without our generous sponsors. We offer our sincere thank you to the Area Agency on Aging of the Brazos Valley, Brazos Valley Emergency Medical Services, Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging, Lifespan Cognitive & Motor Neuroimaging Laboratory, and KIND Snacks.

 


About the Blogger

Kelli Nesbitt (@kneztalk) has served the Parks & Recreation Department for 14 years, the last seven as marketing coordinator. A native of Bryan, Kelli earned a bachelor’s degree in health & kinesiology from Sam Houston State.


 

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