It’s the 33rd year for the Ormond Beach Senior Games.
“I swim two hours and fifteen minutes without stopping,” said Dawn Johnson before the Senior Games kickoff ceremony on Oct. 21 at the Senior Center.
Johnson, who says she was one of the first female police patrol officers in New York City, has been swimming since she was told to start by a doctor to help with back problems.
Signing up for the games along with Johnson was Mary Lenihan, who said swimming is great for her arthritis.
“The Senior Games show that no matter what age, keeping active makes you healthy in mind, body and spirit,” she said.
Gus Sotir, volunteer chairman for the event that goes through Oct. 29, welcomed the crowd at the ceremony, announcing there were 280 athletes signed up.
The games include tennis, basketball shooting, golf, track and field, swimming, bowling, table tennis and several other sports.
Pat Grove, of Ormond Beach, was at the pickle ball event on Oct. 24 and said the best part of pickle ball was meeting all of the people.
“You make lifelong friends,” she said, laughing and putting her arm around the shoulders of playing partner Barb Donahue, of Palm Coast.
Donahue said the Senior Games are great because they get people together.
It is the 33rd year for the Ormond Beach Senior Games.
“You make lifelong friends.”
PAT GROVE, pickle ball competitor