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Crossville hosting UC District Senior Olympics

Don Napier
Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012

If you are 50 or over and enjoy competing, you should make plans today to enter the Tennessee Senior Olympics, scheduled to begin competition on April 30 in more than 17 categories.

Crossville is the host for the Upper Cumberland District, which includes the 14 counties in Middle Tennessee. Events include track and field, bowling, swimming, tennis, pickleball, table tennis, team softball, shuffleboard, basketball, horseshoes and more. There are individual events and team events. Whatever you call your specialty, most likely there is a category for it.

Crossville will be partnering with Tennessee Tech for this year’s Olympics. Although most events will be held in Crossville, including golf, all track and field events will be held at Tech, with swimming events to be held at the YMCA in Cookeville. Bowling will be held at Bowling World in Cookeville as well as Plateau Lanes in Crossville.

Medals will be presented for first, second and third place finalists in each age/sex category at the conclusion of each event. All district winners are eligible for the state finals.

There are many success stories from past competitions. The Crossville 70+ Softball Team took gold in the state competition and advanced to the nationals, held last year in Houston, Texas. Crossville bowler Frank Baker has medalled in seven of the last 12 National Senior Olympics, bringing home one gold, three silver and two bronze.

Baker continues to compete at age 80, also serving as the Upper Cumberland District’s volunteer co-coordinator and as a member of the state board of directors.
“We want to make 2012 our best year ever,” Baker said. “All participants from here go on to state competition. I encourage people to get involved. It is very rewarding. There are categories for men and women, with age groups for every five-year span, starting at age 50 and going up to age 95.”

Entry deadline is April 20. Peggy Houston is the district coordinator, and she can be reached at (931) 484-7416. The Upper Cumberland District consists of 14 counties: Cannon, Clay, Dekalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, White, and the host county, Cumberland.

This year’s District Recognition Luncheon will be hosted by Fairfield Glade Conference Center at 11 a.m. June 11. The awards luncheon is sponsored by the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability, Progressive Savings Bank/The Rains Agency/Cravens & Company, and VolFirst/ Ben Lomand.

Entry forms and fees may be hand-delivered or mailed to Fair Park Senior Center, 1433 Livingston Road, Crossville, TN 38571. Entry fee is $25, with additional fees applicable to some sports. Checks can be made payable to Fair Park Senior Center.
For info about the Senior Olympics, including competition categories, visit www.tnseniorolympics.com.

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