NC Senior Games

Haywood County wins 11 medals at Senior Games

By Staff Reports | Jan 03, 2017
Photo by: Donated Marilyn wightman after winning two gold medals in the 50 and 200 at the North Carolina Senior State Finals in Raleigh.

RALEIGH — A total of 29 participants from the Haywood County Senior Games participated in the 2016 NC Senior Games State Finals in late October.
The participants made a strong showing with 11 winning medals and four finishing fourth to qualify for the National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama on June 2-15, 2017.
We are honored to have the following group of winners represent Haywood County Senior Games at the national level:
Field Events
Dan Linker won gold in the shot put and the discus.
Martha McDermott and Beth Thompson were first (gold) and Betty Henderson won a silver medal.
Pickleball Men’s Doubles
Bruce Birdsal and David Kelley (Buncombe County) won gold.
Diane Byers won silver medals in 100, 200, 500 yard free, a bronze in the 50 yard free and was fourth in the 50 back.
Marilyn Wightman won gold medals in the 50 and 200 breaststroke.  
Monica Russel won the 100 butterfly, was second in the 100 yard back, third in the 50 back and fourth in the 50 fly.  
Wayne Raab won gold medals in the 50, 100 breast, 100 back, won silver in the 50 back and 100 IM.
Table Tennis
Lynn Milner and Ruth Elson won silver medals in women’s doubles, while Ruth Elson won silver in singles and Lynn Milner finished fourth in singles.
Herb Singerman finished fourth
The following participants also represented Haywood at the NC State Senior Games. SilverArts: Patricia Denson; Cornhole in Clayton: Dan Fowler; Golf at Tanglewood Golf Course in Clemmons: Charlotte Provost, Dave Allison, Jack Guinn, Larry Sobil, Peter Kennedy, Peter Franquet, Randy Curnow, Stephen Wood; Pickleball at Carolina Courts in Concord: Andrew Sanderbeck, DeeAnn Wilmot, Hal Neff, Ken Taylor, Lynn Milner, Ruth Elson and Susan Rudniak.
Competitors that choose to go to the National Senior Games next summer will be competing against qualifiers from 49 other states, the District of Colombia and Canada. The National Games competition is a biennial event and is held in different sites across the United States.
North Carolina Senior Games is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing year-around health promotion and education for adults 50 years of age and better, and is sponsored statewide by the North Carolina Division of Aging and Ault Services.  Haywood County Senior Games is coordinated by Haywood County Recreation and Parks.
For more information on how to be a participant, sponsor or volunteer at the local Senior Games, call local coordinator Daniel Taylor at 828-452-6789.