Other events for seniors in Blue Ridge Senior Games include bowling, cycling, tennis, table tennis, swimming, croquet, horseshoes, track and more plus artistic competition in bridge, dance, cheerleading, singing, poetry, painting, quilting, needlework, instrumental solos and group.
The games are open to senior citizens age 55 and up to compete in athletic and artistic events April 16 through May 16 in all three counties.
Over 50 sporting events and Silver Arts are offered by Blue Ridge Senior Games, one of 52 local games sanctioned by North Carolina Senior Games, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing year-round health promotion and education for adults ages 55 and older. Senior Games is sponsored statewide by the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services. NC Senior Games are held in the fall of each year at Raleigh and various other locations throughout the state. Local qualifiers in each age and gender category are eligible to compete in state games.
Participants in Blue Ridge Senior Games must be a North Carolina resident for a minimum of 3 consecutive months of the year. Age on Dec. 31, 2008 determines the category in which an athlete will compete. Participants compete against others of their own gender and age as follows: 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99,100+.
Participants are asked to circle all events on the registration form in which you plan to participate. Specify singles, doubles, or mixed doubles. It’s your responsibility to find a partner. Participants will supply their own equipment and additional cost in Silver Arts, golf, bowling, billiards, tennis, cycling, and archery.
A non-refundable entry fee of $15 per person must accompany each completed and signed registration form. Registration forms must be received by March 28. Forms are available at Ashe County Senior Center in West Jefferson, and can be turned in there. For information, call Senior Center Director Louise Caudill at 246-4347.
The form must be completed and received by March 28 along with medical information filled in and the liability waiver signed by each participant, including Silver Artists. A Silver Arts application will then be mailed to those participants with dates, times, and locations indicated. All events will be conducted in accordance with the 2008 edition of the North Carolina Senior Games, Inc. Official Rules Book. Performing Arts will take place at Wilkes Senior Center on Wednesday, April 16 and all other Silver Arts on Friday, May 16, at the Wilkes Senior Center.
Following each completed event, gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category of the male and female divisions in each state sanctioned event. Medals will also be awarded to the top three finishers in each category and sub-category in Silver Arts.
You will receive your personal schedule by mail before your first event. This will confirm your entry (entries) with time, place, and any changes noted.
Participants must check-in with the event manager 30 minutes prior to event excluding the fun walk, softball throw, football throw, basketball shoot, spin casting, shot put, and discus.
Ceremonies will be held rain or shine. There is no additional cost to participants, but there is a $5 fee for each guest. Reservations are required. You can make reservations by checking the appropriate spaces on your registration form. Opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 16, at 11 a.m. at the Wilkes Senior Center. Prior to the ceremony, T-shirts and hats will be distributed to senior games participants. If you cannot attend, these items (as supplies last) may be picked up at the Wilkes Senior Center after April 17. Closing ceremony will be held on Friday, May 16, at 11:30 a.m. at the Wilkes Senior Center.
For those who will go on to the state games later this year, you can only register for the event that you qualified for in Blue Ridge Senior Games. Registration forms for the North Carolina Senior Games may be obtained from the local coordinator at the closing ceremony or at the Wilkes Senior Center thereafter. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain the NC Senior Games registration form. Golfers must meet a minimum performance score (MPS n available from the coordinator) and finish in the top three in their age group to qualify for state finals. Each individual is responsible for obtaining, delivering and paying for their state registration.
Registration forms can also be mailed along with registration fees to: Blue Ridge Senior Games, P.O. Box 2695, N. Wilkesboro, NC 28659. For more information, call the Ashe County Senior Center at 246-4347 or the Wilkes County Senior Center at 667-5281.