Published December 1, 2015 - www.highlandstoday.com
The 2015 Florida Senior Games begin in Clearwater on Saturday and conclude on Sunday, December 13. Nearly 2,000 athletes will be competing in 24 sports over the course of nine days. Since the Senior Games inception in 1992, Bradenton, Sarasota, Kissimmee/St. Cloud, Polk County, The Villages, Lee County and the City of Cape Coral and Pinellas County/Clearwater have hosted the Games.
There will be 14 athletes age 90 and over competing in the 2015 Florida Senior Games. The most experienced athlete, 95-year old Lucille DeGregorio, of The Villages will compete in Singles Bowling.
There were 21 Florida Senior Games Series Qualifiers held throughout the year, including the Heartland Games for Active Adults. The 2016 Calendar of Series Qualifiers begins on January 20 with the Lee County Senior Games and continues with the Heartland Games which begin on January 23 and wraps up with the Golden Age Games, in Sanford, in November.
Over 200 athletes will participate in pickleball, one of the fastest growing sports of the Senior Games. Of the 21 Florida Senior Games Series Qualifiers, 17, including the Heartland Games now have pickleball competition. A total of 50 Florida pickleball players traveled to the 2015 National Senior Games in Minnesota over the summer.
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