NH athletes shine at National Senior Games 2017

More than 50 senior athletes from NH participated in this year's national games.

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Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins of Baton Rouge, LA, set the women’s 100+ 100-meter mark at 36.62 seconds. She was one of many extraordinary contestants at this year’s National Senior Games.

BIRMINGHAM, AL –The winner’s podium at the National Senior Games in Birmingham, AL, had a local feel as Granite State athletes captured numerous medals during the two-week event (June 2- 15).

“It’s a terrific testament to the skills of these competitors- as well as all of the other NH athletes who competed in Birmingham,” said George Tosatti, Chair – New Hampshire Senior Games. “They really had a great showing for our state.”

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Local medal winners included:

Athlete TownAge group Event Medal

Chuck Chokel New Castle 60-64 Triathlon Bronze

William Corey Rindge 65-69 Doubles Racquetball Silver

Thomas Diehl Alexandria 75-79 Doubles Tennis Gold

Hiroyo Fisher Candia 65-69 Doubles Tennis Silver

Buzz Gagne Concord 70-74 Javelin Gold

Manny Garcia Deering 50-54 100-meter dash Gold

Manny Garcia Deering 50-54 50-meter dash Gold

Ann Henderson Keene 60-64 Doubles Tennis Silver

Real Levasseur Hooksett 65-69 Archery (barebow recurve) Silver

Tom Luther Durham 55-59 Cycling race-20k Silver

Tom Luther Durham 55-59 Cycling race-40k Silver

Mitch Milewski Nashua 65-69 Doubles Racquetball* Silver

Mitch Milewski Nashua 75-79 Racquetball Gold

Stanley Moulton Alton 80-84 1500 m race Gold

William Swift Amherst 70-74 Doubles Table Tennis Bronze

Ronald Whitmore Claremont 75-79 Triple Jump Silver

William Wilson Rye 75-79 Doubles Pickleball Bronze

William Wilson Rye 75-79 Pickleball Silver

*competed on a team with William Corey and played in the younger age group.

In all, more than 50 New Hampshire athletes participated in the national games.

Mr. Tosatti added that many of the athletes who traveled to Birmingham will be taking part in the New Hampshire Senior Games (NHSG), celebrating their 30th year this summer. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is the major sponsor of the games. Other sponsors include: John Castelot Financial Planning, Lamprey Health Care and Havenwood Heritage Heights.

NHSG offers 15 sports with competition kicking off on Sunday, June 25th and continuing through Labor Day. All events are open to athletes ages 40 and over. To learn more, please visit www.nhseniorgames.org.

About the New Hampshire Senior Games

The mission of the New Hampshire Senior Games (NHSG), formerly known as the Granite State Senior Games (GSSG) is to promote, organize and effectively develop physical challenges, as they relate to the NH Masters Athlete and the 50+ population of the state of New Hampshire, undertake related activities benefitting the well-being of adults as appropriate and focusing on the development of active and healthy lifestyles. Our mission is accomplished by encouraging fitness and by providing athletic competition in a variety of sports, clinics and creative pursuits.

Founded in 1987, Granite State Senior Games, Inc. is a not-for-profit (501c-3) all volunteer sports and fitness organization governed by a Board of Directors. The Granite State Senior Games’ (GSSG’s) sporting events are now known as the New Hampshire Senior Games (NHSG). We are New Hampshire’spremier multi-sport event for the 50+ population. NHSG is the only New Hampshire organization in the state to be sanctioned by the National Senior Games Association (NSGA) to qualify senior athletes for participation in theNational Senior Games held every two years. To learn more, please visit www.nhseniorgames.org.