First Posted: 5/10/2009
DOBSON For the crowd gathered at Fisher River park for Fridays Surry County Senior Games opening ceremonies, the phrase never too old to play took on new meaning.
Organizers said this years ceremony saw one of the biggest turnouts in the events history, with seniors from across Surry and Yadkin counties coming together for fellowship, competition, fun and to kick off the month-long games.
With events ranging from croquet, to bowling, to tennis, the Surry County Senior Games offer a little something for everyone, at least over the age of 65.
Senior games committee member Jackie Lewis of Dobson, who participates not only in the Surry County games, but on the state and national levels, said the event is about having fun and being a part of something meant specifically for seniors.
The kids have something and the young adults have something, but this is our month and this is for seniors only, Lewis said. We have a ball and show that we are still alive and breathing and this is our month and our games.
Surry County Parks and Recreation Director Adam McComb said the Surry County Senior Games are modeled directly after the North Carolina Senior Games. McComb said, should a team or person do well on the county level, there are opportunities to go on to the state and national levels to compete.
This year, the games will feature track and field events, swimming, bowling, bocce and shuffleboard, a five-kilometer bike ride and run and golf.
The events are scheduled to take place today through May 22 at locations throughout Surry County, with golf at Cedarbrook Country Club in Elkin being the last event, held May 21 and 22.
Also, a Silver Arts Social and Silver Follies will conclude the month-long festivities May 28 at J.J. Jones auditorium on Jones School Road in Mount Airy.
As for the participants in this years games, the ages range throughout the senior spectrum with different skill levels and competition levels available to allow anyone to participate and enjoy, anyone over the age of 65 that is.
John Mathis, a coach and teacher at Starmount High School for 37 years, said staying active is always important no matter ones age and that the senior games gives people an outlet to find other avenues to keep them exercising.
Ive been in the senior games ever since I can remember and I enjoy them, Mathis said. Everybody should be in them, if your old enough. There is always something you can play. Like croquet, a lot of people have never played croquet or havent in a long time, but if they start playing it, they want to play again.
Mathis said he thinks the key to a happy and long life comes directly from the desire to get up, get out and do something.
I play every day, Mathis said. If I cant play, Ill run. If I cant run, Ill walk and everybody should. They ought to play every day. I mean it, thats the truth. We have so many people that all they want to do is watch TV or be on computers. Forget them, until youve done your exercise.
For more information on the dates and locations of the senior games events, contact the Surry County Parks and Recreation department in Dobson at 401-8235.
Contact Thomas Smith at [email protected] or 719-1920.