– By Alison Kennedy Hand
Staying active as we age is important for our overall health, wellbeing and longevity. It’s for this reason – and many more – that the Polk Senior Games has flourished.
For those who may not know, the Polk Senior Games is an event created in 1991 by Lakeland resident Nancye Thornberry, along with the support of Polk’s County Commission, Polk County Leisure Services and The Ledger. The mission of the games event was to promote “active, healthy lifestyles, an interest in sports and volunteerism.”
The first Polk Senior Games kicked off in 1992 with 777 participants and 53 events. Today, the games have 2,500 participants, more than 99 events and the dedicated assistance of over 750 volunteers to run the event.
The most recent Polk Senior Games was held for sixteen days throughout February and March 2019. Men and women 50 years and older competed in various games at locations throughout the county.
We would like to recognize the following FPH residents and board members who participated and medaled during the most recent Polk Senior Games:
- Joan and Roger Cripe – gold medal in bridge
- Marilyn Wiswedel and Maryon Bramley – silver medal in bridge
- Janice Garda – bridge
- Sally Friedmann – bridge
- Jim Bramley – fishing & shuffleboard
- Edith Weigert – gold medal in shuffleboard singles; silver medal in shuffleboard doubles
- Grace Witmer – gold medal in senior smarts
- Maryon Bramley – senior smarts
- Paul Collyer – director of Bridge
- Scott Langston – tennis singles & doubles
- Meredith Rickheit – silver & gold medals in track; two silver medals in tennis; bronze medal in dancing; silver medal in the one mile race walk; silver medal in the 5K run.
Congratulations to all those involved in the Polk Senior Games for 2019. Job well done!