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                                 Town              Age 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’s premier 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 the National Senior Games held every two years.  To learn more, please visit www.nhseniorgames.org.

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