Khrystye Haselden, Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Senior Games coordinator, scheduled a luncheon to recognize those 2017 Gator Games medal winners who entered the NC State Finals. The luncheon was scheduled on October 27 in the Cooperative Extension Building at the Brunswick County Government Complex.
“We had a total of 68 of our Gator Games medalist who entered the NC State Finals this year, Halelden noted. “Those 68 individuals won a total of 53 medals. The number of gold medal winners was 17; silver medals totaled 19; bronze medal winners totaled 17.”
Brunswick County placed in the top 10 people who entered again this year. “I am proud of each and every winner and hope we can continue to hold a spot in the top 10 out of 53 local game organizations in North Carolina.
The 2018 Gator Senior Games and Silver Arts will be the 30th
anniversary. The 2018 State Final winners will qualify for the 2019 Nationals scheduled in Albuquerque, NM.
About 40 seniors who competed in the 2017 State Finals enjoyed a healthy lunch with Halloween decorations. Mel Johnson, one of Haselden’s co-workers took pictures of the event.
One highlight was the Gatorettes and Gator Team earned a silver medal for their efforts. “We finally finished ahead of the Durham Divas who have won a string of gold medals,”Southport’s Judy Allen, a squad co-captain, stated.
“I hope all of you who entered the State Finals this year enjoyed the experience whether you won a medal or not,” Haselden explained. The State Finals is all about enjoying the competition and meeting new seniors. I hope you all sign up again next year for the Gator Games.”
There were sixGator Games seniors who won three medals each were: Edward Hearn from Wilmington who won three throwing events; Dennis Maneri from Caswell Beach who won three swimming medals; Robert Macanko from Bolivia who won three cycling medals; David Rogers from Bolivia who won three medals in swimming; Virginia Winfree from Shallotte who won three medals in Bocce, Shuffleboard and Croquet.
There were four Gator Games seniors who won two medals each were: Jan Abbott from Brunswick Forest in tennis and pickleball; Jeri Degener from Leland who won two medals in Oil paintings in Silver Arts; Mike Dolan from Winding River who won two medals in softball and softball throw; Glenn Eckerie from Leland who won two medals in pickleball; Richard Holloman who won two medals in pickleball.
Melinda Johnson, CPRP
Marketing and Community Events Coordinator
Brunswick County Parks and Recreation