As I write this, The Villages Senior Games are taking place, with almost 2,000 residents competing in hundreds of events.
The top five athletes in their age divisions will be invited to compete in the Florida Senior Games being held in the Clearwater, Florida area, and winners from there will have the opportunity to progress on to compete at the national level later this year in Albuquerque, NM.
This is the 18th year the games have taken place in The Villages, and just about every year winners who come out of the local games here go on to win, place, or show at the state and national levels.
If you are an athlete, these games are your chance to keep the competitive spirit alive. But even if you aren’t an athlete, just heading out and watching a few of the events while they’re taking place can be enough to get you excited about this great opportunity right here in our backyard.
The games end on April 29. [Learn more at The Villages Senior Games]
In other news…
One sport making it’s debut at this year’s Senior Games might take you back to childhood: kickball!
43 athletes across four co-ed teams competed in the inaugural event, and though the state and national games do not yet offer kickball, a few local residents are hoping that changes soon. [Read more at The Villages Daily Sun]
Continuing right along with our sports theme this week, the PBA50 National Championships were also taking place this week at Spanish Springs Lanes.
More than 170 bowlers from around the country were in town competing for the title.
The Villages Daily Sun was there to catch some of the action:
I really enjoyed a story I read on Villages-News this week about Village of Fernandina resident Jim Locke.
In addition to playing in a rock and roll band, Jim is part of an organ transplant team, helping transport and keep organs viable for their future recipients, and even going so far as scrubbing in for surgery when needed.
Yep, Villagers…they just sit in their rocking chairs and watch the time go by. Yea, right! [Read Jim’s story at Villages-News]
Cart of the Week
“As one of the Founders and First President of The Villages Texas A&M Club, I wanted a distinctive golf cart – hence, the Ag-Jag. Gayle picked it out and it’s been fun to drive in The Villages.”