Senior Games off and running


By Andy Winemiller - [email protected]



Seniors take place in pickleball competition at Reeves Community Center as part of the Yadkin Valley Senior Games.


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Norman Hopkins returns the serve of David Thomas in a Senior Games pickleball match Thursday.


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From left, Senior Games women’s pickleball teams Patti Brame and Judy Ashby (gold medalists), Carol Parker and Linda Willard (silver medalists) and Judy Davis (bronze medalist). Fellow bronze medalist Sarah Bryant is not pictured.


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Pickleball mixed doubles medalists, from left, Linda Willard and Bob Chipman (silver medalists), Jackie Lewis and Judy Absher (gold medalists) and Martha Marcum and Randy Gentry (bronze medalists) show off their medals after Senior Games competitions at Northern Health and Wellness Center.


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From left, Men’s pickleball teams David Thomas and Bob Keck (bronze medalists), Jackie Lewis and John Brame (gold medalists) and Norman Hopkins and Bruce Strohl (silver medalists) pose for a picture after a Senior Games tournament at Reeves Community Center.


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From left, Jack Moore and Wanda Fields pose with their mixed doubles pickleball gold medals. Jayne and Randy Wright took second in the Yadkin Valley Senior Games event.


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The Yadkin Valley Senior Games are off to a great start, according to coordinator Bradley Key.

Key, who works for the Surry County Parks and Recreation Department, said more than 10 events in the Yadkin Valley Senior Games were completed in the first two weeks of the annual games.

Key stated the cornhole, fun walk, basketball-shoot, football throw, bowling (singles, doubles and mixed doubles), pickleball (singles, doubles and mixed doubles), the 5K run and the 5K cycle have been completed.

According to Key, the cornhole tournament saw participation from 64 seniors. Thirty-eight seniors turned out for bowling. Pickleball competitions included 45 people, and 28 folks took part in the basketball shoot and football throw

Inclement weather forced the cancellation of the croquet and spin-casting events on the originally scheduled date of May 5 and on the May 6 rain-date. Those events have been rescheduled to take place on May 25 at Fisher River Park, according to Key.

Next week’s Senior Games events include billiards, horseshoes, the softball throw, a disc golf demo and table tennis. Further on the horizon, seniors will compete in track and field, swimming, bocce, tennis, golf and others.

Key said about 200 seniors, age 50 and older, will compete in this year’s games. There’s also an event for everybody, as the games include sporting events and a Silver Arts competition, highlighting arts such as dance.

The events are scattered throughout the Yadkin Valley, including sites in Mount Airy, Elkin and Yadkin County. Varying allocations allow for the games “to better serve our senior adult population and to provide opportunities for fitness, fun, and fellowship,” according to Key.

The next few week’s events will culminate in a large celebration on June 9. Key said the social event, which will take place at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center in Yadkinville, will begin at 6 p.m. that evening. The event will include the Silver Arts competitions.

Seniors take place in pickleball competition at Reeves Community Center as part of the Yadkin Valley Senior Games.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_SrPickleball3.jpgSeniors take place in pickleball competition at Reeves Community Center as part of the Yadkin Valley Senior Games. Submitted photo

Norman Hopkins returns the serve of David Thomas in a Senior Games pickleball match Thursday.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_SrPicleball2.jpgNorman Hopkins returns the serve of David Thomas in a Senior Games pickleball match Thursday. Andy Winemiller | The News

From left, Senior Games women’s pickleball teams Patti Brame and Judy Ashby (gold medalists), Carol Parker and Linda Willard (silver medalists) and Judy Davis (bronze medalist). Fellow bronze medalist Sarah Bryant is not pictured.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_SrGamesWinners3.jpgFrom left, Senior Games women’s pickleball teams Patti Brame and Judy Ashby (gold medalists), Carol Parker and Linda Willard (silver medalists) and Judy Davis (bronze medalist). Fellow bronze medalist Sarah Bryant is not pictured. Submitted photo

Pickleball mixed doubles medalists, from left, Linda Willard and Bob Chipman (silver medalists), Jackie Lewis and Judy Absher (gold medalists) and Martha Marcum and Randy Gentry (bronze medalists) show off their medals after Senior Games competitions at Northern Health and Wellness Center.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_SrGamesWinners4.jpgPickleball mixed doubles medalists, from left, Linda Willard and Bob Chipman (silver medalists), Jackie Lewis and Judy Absher (gold medalists) and Martha Marcum and Randy Gentry (bronze medalists) show off their medals after Senior Games competitions at Northern Health and Wellness Center. Submitted photo

From left, Men’s pickleball teams David Thomas and Bob Keck (bronze medalists), Jackie Lewis and John Brame (gold medalists) and Norman Hopkins and Bruce Strohl (silver medalists) pose for a picture after a Senior Games tournament at Reeves Community Center.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_SrGamesWinner1s.jpgFrom left, Men’s pickleball teams David Thomas and Bob Keck (bronze medalists), Jackie Lewis and John Brame (gold medalists) and Norman Hopkins and Bruce Strohl (silver medalists) pose for a picture after a Senior Games tournament at Reeves Community Center. Submitted photo

From left, Jack Moore and Wanda Fields pose with their mixed doubles pickleball gold medals. Jayne and Randy Wright took second in the Yadkin Valley Senior Games event.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_SrGamesWinners5.jpgFrom left, Jack Moore and Wanda Fields pose with their mixed doubles pickleball gold medals. Jayne and Randy Wright took second in the Yadkin Valley Senior Games event. Submitted photo

By Andy Winemiller

[email protected]

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.

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