Senior Winter Video games set to return in 2023

A look back at a frisbee competition from the 2020 Senior Winter Games. File photo

A glance again at a frisbee competitors from the 2020 Senior Winter Video games. File picture

GENESEE COUNTY — Senior residents can beat the winter blues and have an opportunity to showcase their expertise throughout the 2023 Genesee County Senior Winter Video games.

The Senior Winter Video games, a county custom since 1978, will return in February after a two-year hiatus resulting from COVID-19. Sixteen senior facilities will collaborate to host and/or coordinate over 30 sporting occasions and actions, starting from pickleball and pool to ladder golf and line dancing and loads of card video games in between.

Registration for the Video games opened on Nov. 7 and can run till Jan. 12.

Misty Moen, government director of the Grand Blanc Senior Middle and president of the 2023 Senior Winter Video games Committee, stated the Video games give seniors a possibility to remain bodily energetic throughout the monotony of winter and reconnect with buddies from different senior facilities.

“What else do it’s important to do in February, when it’s chilly, wet and snowy?” she stated. “There’s no higher time for our seniors to exit and have interaction with others in pleasant competitors. We’re pleased to be again and looking out ahead to turnout.”

The Senior Winter Video games will kick off with a gap ceremony on the Davison Senior Middle on Feb. 6. at 1 p.m. Refreshments might be served, and leisure might be supplied by comic Evelyn Smallbladder.

Moen stated senior rivals can look ahead to the return of many well-liked occasions in 2023, together with the Senior Grand Prix (mannequin automobile races) on the Davison Senior Middle, a free throw competitors on the Brennan Senior Middle in Flint, a spelling bee on the Flushing Space Senior Middle and miniature golf on the Clio Senior Middle.

A number of occasions can even be held at venues outdoors the senior facilities, similar to bowling at Richfield Bowl, a health stroll at Dort Mall, males’s and girls’s pool at Sharky’s Sports activities Bar in Burton and pickleball at Richfield Church of the Nazarene.

“There’s quite a lot of ‘mind’ video games and a common concentrate on well being and health,” stated Moen. “It’s additionally an all-around scope of what our senior facilities present with academic and social features.”

All through the Video games, gold, silver and bronze medals might be awarded to the very best finishers in every sport in line with age and/or gender divisions. A closing ceremony for the Video games will happen at St. John Parish Corridor in Davison on March 6 at 11 a.m.

Other than the spirit of competitors, organizers are hoping to advertise camaraderie and lasting reminiscences for space seniors.

“The principle focus of the occasions is for enjoyable,” stated Moen. “Seniors actually look ahead to with the ability to watch one another and cheer one another on. It’s a really cool expertise.”

The Senior Winter Video games are open to Genesee County residents who’re age 50 and older. Entry types and occasion schedules can be found at every of the county’s taking part senior facilities. Registration is $12 per senior and covers entry into any of the competitions, plus a Senior Winter Video games t-shirt and admission to the opening and shutting ceremonies.

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