Seasoned NH athletes compete at National Senior Games in Albuquerque

Register for the NH Senior Games, which begin the end of June.

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On June 18 103-year-old Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins, right, representing Louisiana, was hot on the track at the National Senior Games, cementing her title as the oldest woman to compete on an American track. She spread inspiration with every step as she ran the 100-meter dash in 46.07. Courtesy Photo/NSG

MANCHESTER, NH – Over the next three weeks, a record number of athletes – 13,712 – from across the United States and beyond, will be participating in the 2019 National Senior Games (NSG) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Among the largest field in NSG history will be more than 60 athletes from New Hampshire. This year’s games are scheduled for June 14-24.

“The national games are held every two years,” said Larry Flint, Chair of The NH Senior Games.  “Those who qualify excelled in their events at the 2018 NH Senior Games.  This is a great opportunity for local athletes to compete against the nation’s very best.”  Flint went on to say that the 2018 NH Senior Games (a qualifier for the 2019 national games) drew over 700 competitors, one of the largest local fields in several years.

NH athletes include:

Name                                                  Hometown                            Sport    

Michael Akstin                                  Barnstead                           Basketball

Craig Anderson                                Derry                                   Basketball

Cindy Army                                       Kingston                             10K road race

William Bennett                                Epping                                 Archery

Eric Bernard                                      Bedford                               Track and Field

Lynne Bernard                                  Bedford                               Track and Field

Mary Bird                                           Lee                                       Cycling

Sid Bird                                              Lee                                       Racquetball

Stephen Boyd                                   Hooksett                             Archery

Robert Brown                                    Rollingsford                        Basketball

Deborah Carroll                                 Hollis                                   Tennis

Chuck Chokel                                    New Castle                         5K road race

Naira Chokel                                      New Castle                         5K road race

Jay Clausen                                       New London                       Badminton

Chris Dugan                                       Hooksett                            Tennis, 5k road race

David Detscher                                  Meredith                             Volleyball

Buzz Gagne                                       Concord                              Track and Field

Patricia Gauvin                                  Milton                                   Archery

Ron Gauvin                                        Milton                                   Archery

Manny Garcia                                    Deering                                Track and Field

Glenn Graham                                   Bedford                               Bowling

Beth Gutteridge                                Rindge                                  Golf

Rollins Hardwick                               Milford                                 Tennis

Michael Humphries                          New Boston                        Cycling

James Jacobs                                  Nashua                                 Track and Field

Richard Johnson                              Franklin                                Basketball

James Kallfelz                                  Milford                                  Golf

Steve Krikorian                                Windham                              Basketball

Michael Kulp                                     Keene                                   5K road race

Mike Letsky                                       Holderness                         Basketball

Fred Malcolm                                    Hampstead                         Basketball

Stanley Moulton                               Alton                                    Road Race, Track and Field

Mark O’Donoghue                           Nashua                                 Archery

Kathleen O’Shea                              Concord                               Pickleball

Timothy O’Shea                               Concord                               Pickleball

Nicholas Ourusoff                            New London                       Tennis

Kathy Paganis                                   Nashua                                Pickleball

Steve Piotrow                                   Jackson                               Tennis

Robert Piispanen                              Newbury                             Tennis

Albert Plante                                     Waterville Valley                Pickleball

Ken Potter                                         Portsmouth                        Basketball

Mark Porter                                       Center Conway                 Basketball

Duane Rainville                                 Concord                             Pickleball

Mary Joan Rainville                          Concord                              Pickleball

Eddie Ramos                                     Canaan                               Tennis

Fe Genobana Ramos                        Canaan                               Tennis

Joseph Reagan                                 Hooksett                             Cycling

Patricia Ricciardi                               Pelham                                Pickleball

John Richters                                    New London                      Badminton

Todd Ringelstein                               Moultonboro                     Basketball

David Ross                                         Bedford                              Golf

Kathleen Sanborn                             Hampton                            Basketball

David Sargent                                    Pittsfield                             Archery

Steven Snow                                      Gilford                                Track and Field

William Spirdione                              Londonderry                      Track and Field

Bobby Strong                                    Concord                              Bowling

Malcolm Swanson                            Windham                            Tennis

William Swift                                     Amherst                              Table Tennis

Mike Thomas                                    Concord                              Basketball

Lori Thorp                                         Hampton                             Basketball

David Tokanel                                   Windham                            Softball

David Wells                                       Wolfeboro                          Track and Field

Jane Wenzel                                     Merrimack                          Pickleball

Ronald Whittemore                          Claremont                          Track and Field

Michael Wilkins                                 Chester                              Pickleball

Mark Willer                                        Portsmouth                        Archery

Robert Wyman                                  Swanzey                             Cycling

Flint went on to say that NH athletes qualified for the nationals by placing in the top four of their events/sports held last summer.  The Albuquerque games will be held across the region including on the campus of the University of New Mexico.  In all, over 900 events and sports will take place from June 14 – June 25.

The New Hampshire Senior Games will kick off its 32nd year of competition later this year.

For the most part, the games will be held each Friday – Sunday from late June through late August.  The games offer individual sports, doubles competition in sports such as tennis and pickleball, and three on three basketball.  The games are open to age groups 40- 44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89 and 90+.

Sports and events include:

  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Basketball (3 on 3)
  • Bowling
  • Cornhole
  • Disc Golf
  • Golf
  • Pickleball
  • Power Walking
  • Race Walking
  • Racquetball
  • Road Race (5k)
  • Shuffleboard
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Online registration is now open.  Athletes can register online up to one week before their event.  Same day sign up available for some events and can be done via check or cash.  To learn more or sign up for the 2019 games, 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.