The annual competition is open to ages 50 and older. Events include tennis, golf, swimming, track and field, 5K run and walk, ½ mile walk, cycling, bowling, horseshoes, billiards, racquetball and much. According to local contact Mary Ealer, they've even added the hammer throw, 50 yard run and Wii bowling. Events are divided into age categories and medals are awarded for each.
A registration fee of $35 allows the participant to enter three events. Additional events are $6 each. Bowling, tennis, golf, cycling and archery require an additional fee. Fees are non-refundable. All registrations must be received by Aug. 1.
The Georgia Golden Olympics is a qualifying site for the National Senior Games Association. The 2012 event is the qualifying event in Georgia for the 2013 National Games in Cleveland, Ohio in July 2013. Over 400 athletes qualified for the National games in 2011 held in the Houston, Texas.
The purpose of the games is to create an awareness of the abilities of older adults, to maintain and improve health and wellness and to promote an interest in lifetime sports, recreation and physical activity.
The competition is coordinated by the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health; Robins Air Force Base, Services Divisions; Georgia Recreation and Parks Association, Senior Citizens Section; Georgia Nursing Home Association; the University of Georgia, J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership and Community Development and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
For more information call Warner Robins Senior Center at 478-293-1066 or the Georgia Golden Olympics office at 770-867-3603.
You can also visit the website: www.georgiagoldenolympics.org.