NH Senior Games off to a ‘lucky’ start

Area athletes ring up some solid scores in annual Horseshoe Tournament

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Gloria Benjamin, 89, of Goffstown captured a gold medal in the 85-89 singles division. Courtesy Photo

NASHUA, NH –  Greely Park was the scene of the kick-off of the 30th annual NH Senior Games, with the annual Horseshoe Tournament held June 25.  A dedicated group of athletes competed in singles and doubles with several stand-out performances.

Gloria Benjamin, 89, captured a gold medal in the 85-89 singles division. The Goffstown resident, who has been taking part in senior sports for many years, says she not only enjoys the competition, but also the camaraderie that comes with sports.  

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“You are able to meet the nicest people at the events,” said Ms. Benjamin.  “Sports really bring people together.”  Ms. Benjamin also competes in Pickleball and Shuffleboard, both of which will be held later this summer as part of the NH Senior Games (see schedule below).

Paul Yankowskas, 60, of Londonderry, struck gold twice with a gold medal in the 60-64 singles division. Courtesy Photo

Paul Yankowskas, 60, of Londonderry, struck gold twice with a gold medal in the 60-64 singles division and a gold medal in the 60-64 doubles division where he teamed up with Harold Turner of Nashua.  A veteran of numerous competitions, Mr. Yankowskas has participated in Senior Games events in all six New England States, as well as New York.  Among his many personal highlights was a Bronze Medal in shuffleboard in the 2015 National Senior Games in Minneapolis.

“I like testing myself in different sports,” he said.   

This summer, Mr. Yankowskas plans to compete in several more sports including track and field events, bowling, shuffleboard and the 5K road race.  Earlier this year, he also walked the Gate City Marathon. 

“These games are a fantastic way to stay active and social,” he said.  “I highly recommend taking part.”

Results from 2017 NHSG Horseshoe Tournament


60-64: Gold Medal – Paul Yankowskas, Londonderry

70-74: Gold Medal –Brad Topolewski, Penacook

75-79:  Gold Medal –Harold Turner, Nashua; Silver Medal – Roger Stevens, Concord; Bronze Medal –Dave Baldessari, Candia

80-84: Gold Medal –Ed Brooks, Salem

85-89: Gold Medal – Gloria Benjamin, Goffstown


60-64: Gold Medal- Yankowskas/Turner

70-74: Gold Medal -Topolewski/Stevens

75-79: Gold Medal -Baldessari/Brooks

The New Hampshire Senior Games continue through Labor Day and receive support from major sponsor Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. Supporting sponsors include: John Castelot Financial Planning, Lamprey Health Care and Havenwood Heritage Heights.

The remaining NH Senior Games events are listed below. To learn more or register for upcoming events, please visit www.nhseniorgames.org.

FriJun 30Bowling (Candlepin) *1:30 PMLakeside LanesManchester NH
FriJul 7Bowling (Ten pin) *3:00 PMSpare Time LanesManchester NH
SunJul 16Archery *9:00 AMPioneer SportsmenDunbarton NH
ThuJul 20Shuffleboard8:00 AMJFK Memorial ColiseumManchester NH
FriJul 28Pickleball (Singles)12:00 PMExecutive Health & Sports CenterManchester, NH
SatJul 29Pickleball (Doubles)8:00 AMExecutive Health & Sports CenterManchester, NH
SunJul 30Pickleball (Mx Dbls)8:00 AMExecutive Health & Sports CenterManchester, NH
SatAug 5Basketball **8:00 AMPlaistow Community YMCAPlaistow NH
SunAug 6Table Tennis11:00 AMBoys and Girls ClubManchester NH
SunAug 13Swimming9:00 AMYMCA of Greater NashuaNashua, NH
SunAug 13Badminton10:00 AMColby-Sawyer CollegeNew London, NH
FriAug 18Athletes Recognition Dinner6:00 PMStark Brewing CompanyManchester NH
SatAug 19Racquetball8:00 AMSalem Athletic ClubSalem NH
SunAug 20Track & Field *9:00 AMMemorial High SchoolManchester NH
SunAug 20Race Walk 1500M *12:00 PMMemorial High SchoolManchester NH
SatAug 26Tennis (Singles)12:30 PMMountainside Racquet & FitnessNew London, NH
SunAug 27Tennis (Dbls/ Mx Dbls)10:00 AMMountainside Racquet & FitnessNew London, NH
WedAug 30Golf10:00 AMBeaver Meadow Golf CourseConcord, NH
MonSep 4Road Race *9:00 AMPease International Trade PortPortsmouth NH
  Registration deadline is 1 week prior to first day of event 
  * Same day registration permitted – cash or checks, no credit cards 
  ** Basketball registration deadline is Jul 30th

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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Chris Dugan

Chris Dugan is a regular contributor to Manchester Ink Link and writes the Medical Matters column.