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Senior Olympics seeking adults aged 50 and older for event competition

Senior Olympics seeking adults aged 50 and older for event competition

The Bayou-River District Senior Olympic Games are coming to Lafourche! The multi-sport event is open to anyone fifty years of age by December 31, 2018, and older.

Sons and daughters whose parents spent a lifetime encouraging them in sports through adolescence and young adulthood will have the opportunity to pay it forward by cheering and inspiring their moms, dads, and even grandparents when games commence in April, then August through November of this year.

The Olympic Games are possible through the mission of the Louisiana Senior Olympic Games (LSOG), a non-profit sporting organization, which promotes physical fitness and quality of life for people age fifty and older.

LSOG plans and conducts a statewide program and includes competitions at both the local and district level, as well as an annual State event and participation in the biennial National Games.

Where some may see aging as the slower paced golden years, others take the opportunity to make their senior years the most active!

In states across the U.S., challengers in the 50-plus demographic will put their best foot forward and embrace all that is competition!

There are a variety of events to choose from such as swimming, traditional races and race-walks, golf, archery, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, basketball, bowling, weightlifting, shuffleboard, horseshoes, shooting, badminton, track and field, and more.

Even those who have never taken a gander in a sporting event could become the next front-runner in the LSO games, not just for local titles but also for the highly coveted contender spots at the biennial National Senior Games, which will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico June 14 -25, 2019!

Since the inception of the event in 2001, the Louisiana Senior Olympic Games organization has expanded to include more games and has increased in participation by area seniors each year.

Activities are broken down by districts with Lafourche falling under the Bayou-River District Senior Olympic Games, which also includes Assumption, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, and Terrebonne parishes.

The Louisiana Senior Olympics group estimates more than 2,000 athletes statewide, and 400 volunteers will participate in the Louisiana Senior Olympics this year.

The organization sees the event growing even more in the coming years. With the fifties being the new thirties, sixties the new forties, and so forth, it is clear why the event is growing in popularity. Seniors are no longer sitting idly by on the sidelines. Instead, they are racing for the finish lines!

The deadline to register is March 12, 2018. For more information on entry fees, registration, team or individual event selections, or to volunteer please visit www.lsog1.net.

Interested parties can also contact Charlene Rodriguez with Lafourche Parish Council on Aging at 985-532-0457, or Angela Young, the Bayou River District contact at angelay@assumptionparishcoa.org.

Seniors who are in need of a partner for team sports can contact one of these coordinators who will make every effort to find a partner or partners, as needed.