Dear Athletes and Friends:
Happy New Year! I’m excited to announce that registration for the 2016 Bay Area Senior Games is now open. See the BIG RED BOX for on-line registration or print out a paper registration and mail it to our office. We encourage you to use the on-line registration process.
2016 BAY AREA SENIOR GAMES
ATHLETES: In 2015, 1375, men and women over age 50 participated – this year our goal is 1,500 athletes – so tell your friends and help us recruit!
We are continuing to build our Cycling Event – we just received confirmation that we have secured Ft. Ord for the weekend of May 14 & 15, so we can hold all cycling at Ft. Ord on closed courses without cars! Stay tuned for more info including what events will be which days, the host hotel, and evening dinner plans. We think this is an opportunity to create a very special Cycling Celebration just for Senior Cyclists in California. Interested cyclists, please email me and I’ll include you in the cycling planning committee.
Individual Sports - Archery, Badminton, Cycling, Feats of Strength, Golf, Lawn Bowling, Pickleball, Racewalk, Racquetball, Road Race, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track & Field and Triathlon.
Team Sports – Basketball, Rugby, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball and Water Polo
21 Sports Total, plus the Pasta Dinner Celebration May 20th and a Closing Reception and Celebration.
VOLUNTEERS: Once again, lead by BASG’s unflappable Bob Weder, on- line registration for volunteers will be open March 1, 2016. This is a great way to satisfy community service requirements so pass this info on to high school students you know! Once again, volunteers are so important in keeping the Games running!
SPORTS COMMISSIONERS: Here are the 2016 Bay Area Senior Games Sports Commissioners – all of whom use their knowledge and love of their sport to ensure the Games provide the best competitive conditions possible!
- Archery: Karen Keating, Dawnell Scott
- Badminton: Jeff & Karen Fishback
- Basketball: James Houston
- Cycling: Tom Simpson, Frank Scioscia
- Feats of Strength: Dale Harder, Bill Weinstock
- Golf: Dennis Barbata
- Lawn Bowling: Terry Hogan
- Pickleball: Steve Sutton
- Race Walk: Alex Price and his successor
- Racquetball: Merijean Kelley
- Road Race: LeRoy Milam
- Rugby: Bob Benson, Frank Merrill
- Soccer: Mike Rohde, Laura Garrett, Rich Fern
- Softball: Noel Lanctot, Ray Miranda
- Swimming; Michael Moore
- Table Tennis: Dennis Davis
- Track & Field: Leroy Milam
- Triathlon: Stanford Treeathlon
- Volleyball: Alexis Bryce
- Water Polo: Andy Burke
REASON: Demonstrating that "the competition never ends" and that exercise and physical activity are the keys to a long, happy and healthy life.
Mission: To promote healthy lifestyles for seniors through education, fitness and the spirited competition of sports, while inspiring everyone to embrace health and appreciate and enjoy the value of sports related exercise.
I want to share this thought with all of you. "The Senior Games are at the heart of the meaning of the Olympic Movement. Though they inspire us all, It's still true that many people watch the Olympic Games, see mostly younger athletes at the prime of their performance and say "those athletes are amazing, but that's not me..." With the Senior Games, people of all ages, even those who did not think they could swim, run or jump anymore, are inspired to a more active, healthy and fulfilling life...that's the TRUE Olympic spirit and the real meaning of the Olympic Movement, a challenge to all of us to be the best we can be."
We look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Bay Area Senior Games.
2016 Bay Area Senior Games Chair
California Senior Games Association Chair
1960 Olympian – USA