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Posted on: July 31, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Local athletes win at National Senior Games

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Fifteen local athletes participated in the National Senior Games competition held in Albuquerque, NM, on June 14-25, 2019. They were 15 of 492 North Carolina athletes to attend Nationals which had nearly 14,000 athletes from across the country.

Athletes in North Carolina qualified at the North Carolina Senior Games (NCSG) State Finals in the fall of 2018 to earn the opportunity to attend the Nationals. The delegation of Orange County Senior Games participants competed against qualifiers from 49 other states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

NCSG is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing year-round health promotion and education for adults 50 years of age and better. NCSG also offers SilverArts, the statewide heritage, visual, literary, and performing arts program; SilverLiners senior line dancing program; and SilverStriders, a national award winning walking program.

The National Games competition is a biennial event and is held in different sites across the United States. We are honored to have this special group of winners represent Orange County at the National Senior Games!

National Senior Games - Orange County Delegation:

Beetham, J (Archery); Clayton, J (Badminton – DD: 3rd place, Badminton – S: 4th place); Doolittle, S (Cycling – 5K, 10K: 10th place); Friend, C (Basketball Team); Green, A (Table Tennis); Howald, G (Basketball Team); Kirk, K (Tennis); McNamara, D (Badminton – MD: 6th place);  Morse, J (Table Tennis); Pinkerton, R (Swimming – 200 Y Back: 2nd place, 100 Y Back: 2nd place, 50 Y Back: 3rd place, and 50 Y Free: 3rd place); Schimmelfing, L (Badminton); Spackman, C (Badminton – MD: 6th place, S – 1st place); Wade, T (Table Tennis); Wallace, V (Badminton – MD: 5th place, S – 5th place); White, K (Basketball Team)

For more information on a Senior Games program in your area, please contact North Carolina Senior Games at (919) 851-5456 or visit their website at

Senior Games is sponsored statewide by the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services. Gold Sponsors of State Finals are Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), Humana, Inc. and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, and the Silver Sponsors are Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort and Rex Healthcare.

For more information about how to be a participant, sponsor or volunteer at your Orange County Senior Games, call or email the local Senior Games Co-coordinators: Lee Schimmelfing,, 919-606-2598; or Myra Austin, 919-245-2020.

Orange County Senior Games is sponsored by: The Orange County Department on Aging, Carrboro Recreation and Parks, and Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation.

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